For men who have experienced child sexual abuse or sexual assault, as well as partners, friends, family and professionals
There are a number of excellent books specifically written to assist men who have experienced child sexual abuse or sexual assault, their partner’s, friends, family and agency professionals. Reading can be a safe and accessible way of obtaining information about what can be helpful in understanding and overcoming the effects of sexual assault. Reading about other men’s experiences can help relieve the sense of isolation and give hope and ideas for action you might take or how someone might assist you.
The most comprehensive list of books that deal with the topic of sexual abuse and sexual assault of males that Living Well is aware of is available through the following link to the Male Survivor bookstore:
Remember to take care when reading
Please remember to prioritise your own well being when reading books that deal with the topic of child sexual abuse or sexual assault. We invite you to:
- Be aware of what your purpose is in taking time to read what is recounted.
- Be aware of how you are feeling prior to, during and after reading a man’s personal story.
- Be aware of the choices you have in relation to the meaning and use you make of what was written.
Below are some questions that you might wish to consider whilst reading:
- What was it that you noticed? – What caught your attention? – How come?
- Did some element of these personal accounts connect with aspects of your own life experience?
- Reflecting on what is written, what would you like to remember and keep with you?
- How might what is written become useful for you in your life?
Don’t forget, you can stop reading at any time, book mark a page, and leave it to come back to later. Also, no book can cover everything a man who has survived child sexual abuse or sexual assault will experience, every person has their own story to tell.