Resources

Resources for Survivors

Books

Surviving the Legal System

Author: Caroline Taylor

Coping with Trauma: Hope Through Understanding

Author: Jon G. Allen

Restoring Hope and Trust: An Illustrated Guide to Mastering Trauma

Author: Kay Kelly · Lisa Lewis · Jon G. Allen

Victims No Longer

Author: Mike Lew

Booklets

It’s not your fault

This booklet was written by men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse to help other survivors. It shares stories of survival, hope and healing. The booklet addresses the strong sense of shame and self-blame men can feel about being subjected to child sexual abuse.

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Who can a man tell?

This booklet is written primarily for adult men who were sexually assaulted as children. It also contains information which may be helpful for relatives and friends who wish to support these men as they confront the memories of painful childhood experiences and strive to overcome the influence the abuse has had on their lives.

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24 Hour Helpline

  • 1800RESPECT
    • 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Call toll-free 1800 737 732.
  • Lifeline
    • Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State.
      Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call 13 11 14.
  • Men’s Referral Service
    • This service from No to Violence offers assistance, information and counselling to help men who use family violence.
      Call 1300 766 491 if you would like help with male behavioural and relationship concerns.

Useful Articles

7 Self-care tips for Sexual Assault Survivors

Practical Strategies for Coping after Trauma

Dealing with Nightmare and Flashbacks

Useful Apps

The Emergency App

Developed by Australia’s emergency services and their government and industry partners. The app uses GPS functionality to help Triple Zero (000) callers provide critical location details.

Living Well

Is specifically designed to assist men who have been sexually abused in childhood and is designed to complement not replace the work of a qualified health professional.

Beyondnow

A suicide safety planning app. Convenient and confidential, this app puts your safety plan in your pocket so you can access and edit it at any time.

Stop, Breathe & Think

Makes it easy to take a daily pause in your day to check in with yourself, and through regular practice, you can broaden perspective and ‘create your own personal force field of calm and peace’

Watch Over Me

Similar to bSafe where you can set it up to track your location for a period of time until you reach your intended destination. If you don’t confirm your safety by the time allocated, the app contacts your designated friends with your GPS location. Shaking your phone can also trigger an alert

The Check In

It’s not easy to start conversations with friends or family who you think might be struggling, or to know how to help once you do talk about it. This app helps guide young people through how to approach the topic of mental health, questions you could ask, how to respond and what you could do to best offer support.

Reach Out Worry Time

Helps manage anxiety by confining worry to a specific time each day.

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