The Sexual Assault Survivors Library is a collection of books on topics of sexual assault and healing. Some books are directly related to the topic while others have mentions of sexual assault. Bibliotherapy is a therapeutic approach utilizing books and other forms of literature as a way to support healing and recovery. Reading and reflecting on materials has shown to help individuals cope with emotions and process difficult situations.
Check out the collection here.
Suvivor Spaces is a virtual platform for student survivors to anonymously share stories and foster a community of hope and healing. The platform offers the viewer a grounding exercise prior to showing stories.
The video provides a brief discussion between Haley Mangette, Project Coordinator for DOJ OVW grant, and Lauren Rosenthal, Director of Gender Equity/Title IX Coordinator, about the Title IX process, supportive measures for survivors, and options for reporting.
Haley Mangette, Haley.Mangette@kzoo.edu
Lauren Rosenthal, Lauren.Rosenthal@kzoo.edu
Victim Services Resource Collective
The Kalamazoo College Counseling Department discusses how to engage in healthy relationships after being in an unhealthy relationship. They provide thoughts on what to consider when entering new relationships, and ways to support a partner who has been in a prior unhealthy relationship.
What if I’m being stalked? A recording is provided of the discussion between representatives from YWCA Kalamazoo, K’s Office of Gender Equity/Title IX department, and K’s Counseling Department. The panelists provide resources and information on processes and protections for victim-survivors of stalking. Discussion facilitated by Haley Mangette, Project Coordinator of the DOJ Office of Violence Against Women grant and Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy.
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC) provides education and resources for preventing and responding to incidents of stalking. First, SPARC has developed several videos explaining what stalking is, representations, and behaviors. The behaviors, the potential traumatic responses, and some statistics are further explained on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
For victim-survivors, SPARC provides general tips, an incident logging sheet, a safety strategies sheet, and a Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile. While the center does not provide direct services for victim-survivors, they suggest The Victim Connect Resource Center (855.484.2846), The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1.800.799.7233), and The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.4673).
For friends or loved ones, SPARC provides tips, along with a video to aid in supporting the victim.
The Women’s Law Project is an organization that works to fight for accessibility to reproductive healthcare and abortion, and improving response to violence and discrimination against women. While the project works to provide services to a wider range of topics and actions, the project provides resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Sexual Assault Resources (Main page)
Domestic Violence Resources– The page provides a number of different resources regarding common issues faced by victims of Domestic violence (i.e. protection orders, housing/shelters, insurance discrimination).
The #MeToo Movement took social media by storm in October 2017, originally founded by Taran Burke in 2006, to share the impact and prevalence of sexual violence in communities. The organization that developed from this movement continues to work to provide assistance to a large spectrum of survivors.
Home– Organization’s main page
Resource Library– a library of resources filterable by experience, needs, and identity (gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and race)
Healing Room– a virtual room that provide guided meditations, healing playlists, journaling, and activities. Click around the “room” to find the different resources.
Support a Survivor– infosheet and toolkits for individuals in a survivor’s support network.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) provides information on trauma and tips to cope with a traumatic event. Coping with Traumatic Events breaks down some warning signs of what can trauma can look like in a person.
Individuals who have experienced a traumatic event can respond with feelings of anxiousness, a depressed mood, or anger. They can have trouble concentrating, eating, or sleeping. It’s important to know that each individual is different. The warning signs listed in this article may not encompass everything that a person experiences.
The article provides additional resources on the responses and some ways to cope with these responses.
Based in Canada, the Sexual Assault Care Center provides answers to several questions a survivor may have after a sexual assault. The About Us page lays out the expected process a survivor will experience when receiving medical attention or a Sexual Assault Examination Kit. On the Home page “bubbles” are laid out to provide information on some experiences or thoughts a victim-survivor may have. The site has information on self-blame, what to do next, and fear of not being believe.
Getting Your Life Back offers resources to turn to for support, responses to trauma, and how to discuss the incident with your family and friends. Since You Asked provides information on frequently asked questions, myths and facts, legal definitions and protections for survivors of sexual assault. (Note: these laws and protections apply to residents of Canada).