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"One year ago, I locked my door and went to sleep; like we all do on any given night. Unfortunately, this night was like no other before and was one I will never be able to forget. I woke up that night to a co-worker who had undressed himself, crawled into my bed and raped me. "
Kathleen, rape survivor

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Helpful Organizations

  • RAINN: In cooperation with more than 600 rape crisis centers around the country, RAINN operates a free, 24-hour hotline for survivors of sexual assault.
  • The National Sexual Violence Resource Center: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention.
  • Man Can Stop Rape: When some men commit violence against women, all men pay a price.
  • Speaking Out About Rape: SOAR (Speaking Out About Rape) runs national awareness, education and prevention programs to empower survivors of sexual violence and enhance the public understanding and acceptance of rape victims.
  • VDay: A global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
  • NYC Against Rape: The mission of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is to develop and advance strategies, policies and responses that prevent sexual violence and limit its destabilizing effects on victims, families and communities

We Support
  • Joyful Heart Foundation: A non-profit organization founded in 2002 by actress Mariska Hargitay. Their mission is to help survivors of sexual assault heal mind, body and spirit. JHF offers retreat programs in Hawaii, Urban Retreats throughout the country and Wellness Festivals in urban settings.
  • Searching for Angela Shelton: Filmmaker Angela Shelton journeys across the United States meeting other Angela Sheltons in an effort to survey women in America. She discovers that 24 out of the 40 Angela Sheltons she spoke to had been raped, beaten or molested.
  • Healing Through Creativity: Trauma Survivors and Supporters of Survivors of Trauma are invited to share art, music, writing, poetry and other creative forms at the Healing Through Creativity Festival.

  • "The Journey: Beyond the Savage"
    Susan Kaye Behm.

    The Journey: Beyond the Savage, by Susan Behm, hopes to give new resolve to readers suffering from abuse and equip them with the tools needed to become a survivor and a victor.
    Available at

  • “Real Rape, Real Pain: Help for Women Sexually Assaulted by Male Partners”

    Patricia Easteal and Louise McOrmond-Plummer have written an internationally-focused healing/resource book for survivors of marital/partner rape, to be released in September 2006. The book is aimed at survivors, their supporters and professionals in the fields of counseling, advocacy and law.

    For more information, go here.

  • "After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back"
    by Nancy Venable Raine.

    "After Silence is a book that dignifies the human spirit. It should be read by everyone."
    New York Times Book Review”
    Available at

  • "The Rape Poems"
    by Frances Driscoll.

    "Frances Driscoll's The Rape Poems is a deeply disturbing, compelling and somehow beautifully rendered sequence of poems, in which a terrible wounding has been transformed by long meditation, careful attention to detail, and superb artistry. Though hers is a landscape one would think would be strewn with the landmines of sentimentality and self-pity, there is never a false step here as she guides us through her nightmare. Of how many books of poetry can one truly say, 'I could not put this book down until I'd read it through to the end'? This is one of those rare books."
    Published by: Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press
    Available at

  • "Lucky: A Memoir"
    by Alice Sebold

    "Addressing rape as a larger social issue, Sebold's account reveals that there are clear emotional boundaries between those who have been victims of violence and those who have not, though the author attempts to blur these lines as much as possible to show that violence touches many more lives than solely the victim's."
    Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
    Available at

  • "Recovering from Rape"
    by Linda A. Ledray

    A comprehensive handbook for rape survivors and concerned family members, friends, and lovers presents an updated format covering health issues, incest, legal information, Post traumatic Stress Disorder, treatment for sex offenders, and more.
    Available at

  • "The Courage to Heal"
    by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis.

    The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who, was sexually abused as a child -- and those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.
    Available at

  • "Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery"
    by Patricia Weaver Francisco.

    Francisco was a happily married 20-something writer and assistant editor when a rapist entered her apartment while her husband was away and brutally raped her. The act itself only took moments (although he spent several hours mentally torturing her), but her recovery took years. Novelist Francisco chronicles that recovery here in a book that is personal and yet universal enough to offer hope to others who have faced similar trauma. Available at
    Copyright ?999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Our Gratitude
  • Nancy Venable Raine: Author of the memoir "After Silence - Rape and My Journey Back," Nancy V. Raine has encouraged, supported, and uplifted the lives of countless survivors. Here at we embrace her message of courage and hope, and thank her for inspiring us with her words.

  • Candace Danylewich-Martinussen: Our new and improved website has been made possible by the generosity and support of our friend, Candace Danylewich-Martinussen, who worked with us pro-bono to create a design that would reflect the symbolism and healing characteristics of the Lotus flower.

This site is offered for support of other rape and sexual abuse survivors. It is not meant to be a substitute for any kind of professional help.
If you are in a crisis situation we urge to contact your local rape crisis center or health care professional.

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