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.
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).
Taking Me Back is an independent poster that supports sexual assault survivors through posts on a variety of information. The page discusses survivors like Vanessa Guillen, Toyin Salua, Daisy Coleman, and many other survivors, as well as current policies and the impact that they have for survivors. The page posts resources specific to different identities.
A support system is crucial for a survivor to heal. Members in this support system can be considered “Secondary Survivors”. It may be difficult to imagine or completely understand what the survivor has gone through.The Secondary Survivors group is a peer group that aims to provide tools and resources for the secondary survivors to better understand the experience of the survivor. They have educational handouts, videos, articles, and other mediums to empower secondary survivors to better understand and cope with the incident.
While a survivor has the experience with assault, abuse, or rape, those who are supporting the survivor can experience trauma or feelings of guilt. It is possible to experience secondary trauma or a traumatic response to what someone else experienced. As a secondary survivor, you may also experience times in which you are unaware of what to do to support the survivor.
Take Back the Night began in the 1960s to bring awareness to sexual violence and to support victims. Events all over the world contribute to the message of strength and support for survivors of sexual violence.
Take Back the Night offers free legal assistance. You can contact the legal support team through the following form (Free Legal Assistance) or call 567-SHATTER (567-742-8837). The legal team will provide support and resources, judgement-free.
The organization provides survivors with an opportunity to share their stories. Stories can be submitted here: Share Your Story. The collection also includes a few articles about recovery and sharing your survivor story as a form of empowerment.
Surviving in Numbers, a non-profit organization started in 2012, began as a small project to illustrate the prevalence of sexual violence on campuses. The efforts were initially concentrated on 4 campuses within the state of Massachusetts and has now since grown to allow for survivors all over the country to share their stories anonymously.
To submit your story, click here: Share Your Story
For more information on the organization, click here: Surviving in Numbers
1in6 is an organization that focuses their advocacy efforts towards men who’ve experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences.
24/7 chatline for men who’ve experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse: National Helpline
1in6 hosts a daily online support group. The schedule and sign up can be found here: Weekly Online Support Group for Male Survivors
Fellow survivor stories can be found here: Male Survivor Stories
Originally started by Tani Ikeda in 2012, Survivor Love Letters allowed for Tani, other survivors and allies to create love or support letters for individuals who have experienced sexual assault. Posts can be found on the organization’s Tumblr page: https://survivorloveletter.tumblr.com/
K’s Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy has adapted this program to provide a community of support from fellow members of K campus. As a victim-survivor, we understand the difficulties you may face. This collection aims to spread the message to you as a survivor that not only are you believed, not only are you supported, but you are loved. These letters can include, but are not limited to, written letters, photos, paintings, drawings, songs, poetry, etc.
We ask you to please consider the following guidelines when creating “survivor love letters”:
- It should be supportive of victims/survivors.
- Your letter should not use graphic language. We urge you to use caution when using potentially triggering language.
- No more than 5 pages.
- No identifying information; if you as the author want to identify yourself, you are able to. However, we ask you not to identify other individuals.
All submissions are anonymous, unless author provides name.
The collection can be found here: Survivor Love Letters
If you would like to submit, you can upload your Survivor Love Letter here: Submissions
Created by a survivor, this group is for survivors of assault, rape, or abuse. The groups focuses on the intersectionality of gender-based violence, racism, bigotry, etc. The group hopes to offer a safe space for fellow survivors to offer support to people going through the similar experiences. Survivors are able to share resources, healing exercises, videos, and articles that enable survivors to better understand and take control of their healing.
The group is private, and all posts are hidden to anyone but members. To join this group, you must be a survivor who is committed to healing and supporting fellow survivors, and follow the groups rules. To join, please fill out the form at Survivor Support.
Isurvive is a online community for abuse survivors. The organization provides resources and resources specific for individuals who have experienced abuse as a child.
The organization offers resources for individuals in the US and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the UK. Resources specific to the US include:
- Domestic Violence Survival Kit
- The Addiction Center- Addiction and Domestic Violence
- Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) by the Morris Center.
- and many more located throughout the US.
Several forums are provided through the organization. Discussions are separated into 7 parent forums: General Discussion; Survivors; Breaking the cycle; Addictions, Self-Harm, and Unhealthy Coping Strategies; Family, Friends, and Relationships; Lighthearted and Off Topic; Creative Corner and Art Gallery. A number of sub-forums are offered if the individual becomes a member of the organization. Memberships is free.