Safety Notice

If you are a survivor, please be careful in reading the information compiled here. It is impossible to give information on ritual abuse, and about people's opinions about ritual abuse, in a way that is not upsetting and/or triggering. Only you know how much is wise to read, and how much information you can absorb at one time.


Selected Websites

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages. Hundreds and hundreds of very useful resources on trauma of all types.

Ellen Lacter’s site. A multitude of articles on the nature of and evidence for ritual abuse, healing, and psychotherapy and a links page with about five hundred entires.

Male Survivor. Discussion boards and chat rooms for professionals and survivors, find a therapist or support, other resources.

Self-injury: You are NOT the only one. A very complete and practical site - even has information on first aid.


Selected Books for Inner and Outer Children

Federico, Julie K.  (2009) Some parts are not for sharing. Tate Publishing, Mustang, OK.
NOTE: Pre-school and first grade.
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Freeman, Lory and Deach, Carol. (1982) It’s my body. Parenting Press, Seattle, WA.
NOTE: Pre-school.
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Girard, Linda Walvoord. (1984) My body is private. Albert Whitman and Co, Morton Grove, IL.
NOTE: Third and fourth grades.
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Hindman, Jan. (1997) A very touching book: For little people and for big people.
NOTE: Kindergarten and first grade.
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Spelman, Cornelia Maude and Weidner, Teri. (1997) Your body belongs to you. Albert Whitman and Co, Morton Grove, IL.
NOTE: Kindergarten and first grade.
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Sanford, Doris. (1990) Don’t make me go back, Mommy: A child’s book about Satanic ritual abuse. Multnomah Press, Portland, OR.
NOTE: Children’s book. A little girl discloses about ritual abuse in day care, and is believed and helped by her parents and therapist. Popular with adults with inner children. Not for children who are being abused at home.

Starishevsky, Jill (2009) My body belongs to me. Safety Star Media, NY, NY.?
NOTE: Kindergarten and first grade. For children who have been sexually abused.

Selected Books

Anon. After-Effects of Repressed Satanic Cult Abuse - Ritual Abuse: A Broad Overview - Satanic Ritual Abuse: A Survivor’s Story - The Domino Effect: From Incest to a Cult and the Road to Recovery - The Domino Effect: From Incest to a Cult and the Road to Recovery - Understanding Ritual Abuse. Survivors of Incest Anonymous World Service Office, Inc, Baltimore, MD.
NOTE: Booklets, available from Survivors of Incest Anonymous, written for RA-friendly meetings called “Nothing Too Heavy to Share.”

A. T. W. (2005) Got parts? An insider’s guide to managing life successfully with dissocative identity disorder. Loving Healing Press, Ann Arbor, MI.
NOTE: A.T.W. offers methods, techniques, and exercises that helped her deal with her DID. She does not believe that integration is necessary. Topics covered include: relationships, work, parenting, self-confidence, self-care, triggers, flashbacks, and body memories.
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Bass, Ellen and Davis, Laura. (2008). The courage to heal: A guide for women survivors of sexual abuse. 20th anniversary edition. Harpercollins, NY, NY. Also available in Spanish.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface to the First Edition - Breaking Silence - Believing It Happened - Healing Is Possible - Understanding That It Wasn’t Your Fault - Using the Writing Exercises - Using Guided Imagery: Grieving - Anger - Disclosures and Truth-Telling - TAKING STOCK TAKING CARE: Forgiveness? – Spirituality - Recognizing the Damage - Honoring What You Did – Resolution and Moving On - THE HEALING PROCESS: Getting in Touch with Your Feelings - An Overview - Trauma and the Brain - The Emergency Stage - Healthy Intimacy - Reclaiming Your Sexuality - Children and Parenting - Relating to Your Family Now - The Basics - Introduction - Anna Stevens - RESOURCE GUIDE:  Finding Help Building Community - Resilience - Special Topics - Abuse by Clergy  - Acknowledgments
NOTE: From the publisher: “The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child. Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. New material includes: contemporary research on trauma and the brain; an overview of healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices; additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences; the reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years; the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field; and insights from the authors’ decades of experience. Cherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse.” Includes some information on ritual abuse.
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Bean, Barbara and Bennett, Shari  (1993) The me nobody knows: A guide for teen survivors. Lexington Books, NY, NY.
NOTE: A workbook and informational resource for teenagers who have been sexually abused. Contains material on incest and ritual abuse.

Bromley, Nicole Braddock. (2007) Hush: Moving from silence to healing after childhood sexual abuse. Moody Pub., Chicago, Il.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Heartfelt Thanks - Our Little Secret - A Legacy of Hush - The Lie That Binds - Finding the Courage to Tell - In Search of Power - The Truth That Sets You Free - Choosing Life - The Cure for an Unforgiving Heart - Cutting the Cord - All You Need - The Desires of Your Heart - Making a Difference - The Healing Journey - No More Secrets
NOTE: A practical, down-to-earth Christian guide to healing.

Cassese, James, Ed. Gay men and childhood sexual trauma: Integrating the shattered self. Harrington Park, Binghamton, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Foreword: The State of the Art - Integrating the Experience of Childhood Sexual Trauma in Gay Men - Social Context - Phase Oriented Psychotherapy for Gay Men Recovering from Sexual Trauma - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - Survivor Groups of Mixed Orientations - The Mistreatment of Non Traditional Sexual Abuse Survivors - Illusions of Intimacy – HIV and the Cycle of Trauma -Cross Cultural Perspectives – New Directions for Research Examining Sexual Trauma Histories of Gay men
NOTE: From the publisher: “(G)ay men (often) hide their childhood memories of being sexually victimized because of fear, shame, and the stigma of stereotypes which equate homosexuality with child abuse. Some gay men may view these histories as “rites of passage” and dismiss other perspectives as betrayals of their community or inadvertent support for the anti-gay agenda of the religious right. Certain therapists and so-called support groups ridicule them as hysterics with false memories. Groups like the North American Man-Boy Love Association or the Rene Guyon Society dismiss the source of their anguish as wishful thinking or a healthy, consensual intergenerational romance. …. Gay Men and Childhood Sexual Trauma discusses practical ways to help the survivor heal, including: adopting eye movement desensitization and reprocessing techniques to treat traumatized gay men helping gay men to break the old arousal patterns associated with their abusers, handling survivors’ formidable issues of trust, addictions, depression, and low self-esteem, leading survivor groups of mixed sexual orientation, discerning the special meaning of HIV to traumatized gay men, respecting cross-cultural differences in treating the gay male sexual trauma survivor (and) finding new directions for research.”

Clark, John. (2003) The healing of Satanically ritually abused multiple personality disorder. Authorhouse, Bloomington, IN.

Davis, Laura. (1990) The courage to heal workbook: for women and men survivors of child sexual abuse. Harper Collins, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction - About the Exercises in This Book - Survival Skills for Healing - Building Your Support System - Dealing With Crisis - Nurturing Yourself - Marking The Way – Where Did I Come From?  How Did It Change My Life? How Did I Survive?  Aspects of Healing - Resolution And Moving on - Remembering - Believing It Happened - Breaking Silence - Understanding That It Wasn’t Your Fault - Learning to Trust Yourself - Grieving And Mourning - Anger - Confrontations - Dealing With Your Family Now - Guidelines For Healing Sexually - Resources
NOTE: From the publisher: “A combination of checklists, writing and art projects, and open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process. Survival Skills -- Teaches survivors to create a safe, supportive environment, ask for help, deal with crisis periods, and choose therapy. Aspects Of Healing -- Focuses on the healing process: gaining a capacity for hope, breaking silence, letting go of shame, turning anger into action, planning a confrontation, preparing for family contact, and affirming personal progress. Guidelines For Healing Sexually -- Redefines the concept of “safe sex” and establishes healthy ground rules for sexual contact.” Carefully thought out cognitive and creative exercises to accompany The Courage to heal. Respectful and empathetic through out. Davis says in “About These Exercises”, “There may be moments when you feel inadequate, confused or unable to proceed…. That means there is a flaw in the design of the book, not in you.”
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Davis, Laura. (1992) Allies in healing: When the person you love was sexually abused as a child. Harper Collins, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part 1: Partner’s questions: The basics: Allies in healing: My needs and feelings: Dealing with Crises: More about sexual abuse: Intimacy and communication: Sex: Family issues: Final thoughts. Part 2: Partner’s Stories: Introduction: Jack’s Story “Recovering together:” Marise’s Story “She works really hard and so do I:” Noah’s story “Crisis and cult abuse:” Eric’s story “The support of others:” Lorraine’s story “Breaking up:” Richard’s story “A year at a time:” Scott’s story “Building trust over time:” Virginia’s story “Forging a commitment:” Healing books and other resources: Index.
NOTE: Written in the format of The Courage to Heal, this book covers topics such as communication, sex, emergencies, and interacting with the survivor’s family. Girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, and lovers are all included.
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Dolan, Yvonne M. (1991). Resolving sexual abuse: Solution-focused therapy and Ericksonian hypnosis for adult survivors. W.W. Norton, NY, NY.
NOTE: An experienced therapist presents a number of useful techniques for working with sexual abuse survivors. Adapter from the publisher’s statement: “Yvonne Dolan works from the assumption that, despite the traumas they have endured, clients have the inner resources to create uniquely effective solutions to their problems. Both solution-oriented and hypnotic techniques are used to tap those resources in the context of a safe, respectful relationship. Clients are encouraged to trust themselves, to move at their own right pace, and to recognize and build on tiny signs of healing. This approach enables clients to find relief from symptoms stemming from or related to the sexual abuse, to alter feelings associated with memories of trauma so that flashbacks become less intrusive, and to develop a positive, practical, and healthy future orientation. Ericksonian techniques are particularly powerful in enabling clients to resolve dissociated traumatic experiences, experience corrective development learnings, and turn the symptom of dissociation into a resource for healing. Solution-focused therapy ensures that clients not only resolve past sexual abuse but also form a clear map of functional behaviors and perceptions to replace trauma-based ones. Specific strategies are offered for treatment of post-traumatic amnesia, self-mutilation, sexual dysfunctions, memory problems, and a multitude of other symptoms.”

Jay. (2009) Self-therapy: A step-by-step guide to creating inner wholeness using IFS (Internal Family Systems). Mill City Press, Minneapolis, MN.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Healing and Growth the IFS Way - Summary of the IFS Model – Example of an IFS Session- Part 1: Self and Protectors - Accessing Your Parts - Unblending from a Protector - Unblending from a Concerned Part - Discovering a Protectors Role - Developing a Trusting Relationship with a Protector - Detecting Parts that Arise - Part 2: Exiles and Unburdening --Getting Permission to Work with an Exile -- Getting to Know an Exile - Accessing and Witnessing Chldhood Memories – Reparenting and Retrieving an Exile – Healing a Wounded Child – Unburdening an Exile – Unburdening a Protector – Supporting the Therapy Process: Tips on working Alone. With a Partner, or with a Therapist – Conclusion  - IFS Resources
NOTE: From the Foreword by Richard Schwartz, creator of IFS. “Understand your psyche in a clear and comprehensive way, and resolve deep-seated emotional issues... Self-therapy makes the power of a cutting-edge psychotherapy approach accessible to everyone. Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) has been spreading rapidly across the country in the past decade. It is incredibly effective on a wide variety of life issues, such as self-esteem, procrastination, depression, and relationship issues. IFS is also user-friendly; it helps you to comprehend the complexity of your psyche. Dr. Earley shows how IFS is a complete method for psychological healing that you can use on your own. Self-therapy is also helpful for therapists because it presents the IFS model in such detail that it is a manual for the method. The fact that Jay Earley wrote this book is high praise for the IFS model because he was an accomplished writer and thinker long before encountering IFS. Jay's passion has been to introduce IFS to a lay audience so that people can work with their parts on their own. Through well-described experiential exercises and examples of actual IFS sessions, you will be able to enter your inner world, heal your extreme parts, and transform them into valuable resources.”
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Einhorn, Lois. Ed. (2006) Forgiveness and child abuse: Would YOU forgive? Robert D. Reed, Bandon. OR.
NOTE: Lois Einhorn briefly describes the ritual abuse she endured as a child and then shares the fifty-three answers to the question, “Would you forgive?” Well known people who responded include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Patch Adams, M.D., Edward Asner, Art Buchwald, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Laura Davis, Thomas F. Eagleton, Albert Ellis, Paul Ferrini, Lynne Finney, Arun Gandhi, Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, Linda Hogan, Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Bill T. Jones, Mary Elizabeth King, Robert Muller, Daniel Quinn, Robert C. Scaer, M.D., Pete Seeger, Bernie Siegel, M.D., Gerry Spence, Richard E. Vatz, Kurt Waldheim, and Everett L. Worthington, Jr. Jeanne Adams, Ellen Lacter, Rev. Bernie Bush, and Dale McCulley are active in the ritual abuse survivor community. All are articulate, thoughtful, and deeply human.

Fredrickson, Rene. (1992). Repressed memories; A journey to recovery from sexual abuse. Simon and Schuster, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: A Dawning Reality – Warning Signs – How Could I Forget? - The Family System: Untold Lies – Memory Recovery Work – Imagistic Work – Dream Work – Alternative Strategies – Made Up Or Real? – Putting the Pieces Together – Telling Your Story – Healing – PTSD Symptom List – Guidelines for Responding to Disclosures of Abuse
NOTE: From the publisher:"Millions of adults were sexually, physically or mentally abused as children, and the road to wholeness as an adult is often long and painful. This book provides the encouragement for today's adults to help themselves overcome the impact of their tragic childhoods. The author uses case histories to end the victims' apparent isolation and shows the way to increasing their self-esteem, enabling them to lead happier, more productive lives."
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Gartner, R. B. (2005) Beyond betrayal: Taking charge of your life after boyhood sexual abuse. John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
NOTE: This book covers both male and female abuse of boys and young men, by family members, clergy, teachers, babysitters, and health professionals. Dr Gartner’s patients share their stories to illustrate the effects of abuse and the process of healing.
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Gil, Eliana. (1983, 2009) Outgrowing the pain: A book for and about adults abused as children. Dell Pub, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction - Coming to Terms with Abuse as a Child – Denial - Minimizing - After Effects of Abuse - Patterns of Relating to The World - Taking Hold of Your Past - Say Goodbye to The Parents - Addendum - Suggested Reading
NOTE: Simple language, short, and easy to read.
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Gingrich, Heather Davediuk. (2013) Restoring the shattered self: A Christian counselors guide to complex trauma. Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL.
Shattered -- Shattering the self -- Rebuilding the shattering the self -- Phase I: Safety and stabilization -- Phase II: Trauma Processing:Integrating the components of a traumatic experience -- Phase III: Consolidation and resolution -- Additional treatment considerations for the client with dissociative identity disorder -- Spiritual issues and resources in the treatment of CTSD -- Vicariouys traumatization and building counselor resilience -- -- How the church can help
NOTE: From the publisher: "Heather Davediuk Gingrich integrates the established research on trauma therapy with keen insights from her own experience and an intimate understanding of the special concerns related to Christian counseling--including a discussion of prayer and spiritual warfare. This work is a thoughtful and much-needed guide for working with complex trauma that is essential reading for counselors and pastors alike."
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Grohol, John M.  (2004) The insider’s guide to mental health resources online. Guilford Press, NY, NY.  
NOTE: From the publisher: “... resources in psychology, psychiatry, and related areas such as self help and patient education. The book describes the full range of available search tools, newsgroups, listserves, and databases, including MEDLINE and PsychINFO-and reviews and rates hundreds of specific mental health sites. Users learn how and where to go online to find treatment information, use Web based assessment tools, locate reliable advocacy and support groups, obtain articles and books, pursue distance learning opportunities, get listed in online directories, find job postings, conduct grant searches, and much more.”

Grubman-Black, Stephen. (1990, 2nd edition 2002) Broken boys/mending men: Recovery from childhood sexual abuse. Blackburn Press, Caldwell, NJ.
NOTE: From the author: “This book is meant to encourage telling, so that feeling returns. It is meant to affirm for victims, survivors, and those others who care and want to help, that it’s okay to tell.”

Hawkins, Tom R and Hawkins, Diane W. Dissociative identity disorder: Recognizing and restoring the severely abused. Restoration in Christ Ministries, Grottoes, VA.
NOTE: From the author: "Drawing upon a broad scope of literature in the DID field, this volume focuses on the psychological issues of DID which must be understood in order to recognize and treat those with this diagnosis. They are presented from a Christian perspective. Provides invaluable guidance for therapists, counselors, prayer ministers and their DID clientele. Contains an extensive, explanatory listing of the often complex and subtle symptomatology of DID, an examination of mind-control programming with a suggested protocol for its resolution, a discussion on the reliability and healing of traumatic memory, and an introduction to Dr. Hawkins’ concept of "Primary Identity" dynamics, which can transform the efficiency of the therapy."
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Diane W. and Hawkins, Tom. (2001) Supporting ritual abuse survivors. 9th ed. Restoration in Christ Ministries, Grottoes, VA.
NOTE: All three books by Tom and Diane Hawkin sare written with a Christian approach to healing from ritual abuse and are kind, easy to understand, and psychologically sophisticated.
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Hawkins, Diane W.  (2004) Multiple identities: Understanding and supporting the severely abused 2nd ed. Restoration in Christ Ministries, Grottoes, VA.
NOTE: From the author: "This book is an effort on my part to bring understanding that will hopefully result in greater support for those who are courageously fighting to reclaim lives shattered by unspeakable evil. I have drawn its contents not only from my personal experience but also from my observations and interactions with scores of other abuse survivors whom I have met in various types of therapy groups as well as through my involvement with Restoration in Christ Ministries, an organization devoted to addressing the needs of dissociated survivors of severe abuse."
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Larsen, Earnest. Abused boys, wounded men: Taking responsibility for ending the cycle of pain. Workbook. Hazelden, Center City, MN.
NOTE: This book, the workbook, and the facilitator’s guide, (all previewed in Google books) were developed for inmates and parolees who are dealing with the repercussions of childhood abuse. This six-session course is to help men understand what abuse looks like, determine whether they have suffered from abuse, and take steps to move forward.
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Levine, Peter. (2005, 2008) Healing trauma: A pioneering program for restoring the wisdom of your body. Sounds True, Boulder, CO.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: A Tiger Shows the Way - What is Trauma? – The Causes and Symptoms of Trauma ­- How Trauma Affects the Body - Twelve Phase Healing Program: A Guide to the Audio Exercises - Sexual Trauma: Healing the Sacred Wound -Spirituality and Trauma: Pathway to wakening – Helpful Tips and Techniques for Preventing Trauma - Additional Resources  
NOTE: Levine comes from a blend of theoretical viewpoints, including Buddhism, but focuses on why animals get hurt but aren't traumatized. They shake all over after an initial fight or flight response, while people normally remain frozen. He offers exercises to get back in touch with the body and release the effects of the trauma. There is a CD with the book to guide you through the exercises.
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Mike. 2004) Victims no longer: The classic guide for men recovering from sexual child abuse.  Harper Row, NY. NY. 2nd ed. (2004), HarperCollins, NY. NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:  Sexual Abuse Myths and Reality - Messages about Masculinity - Men and Feelings - Sexuality, Homophobia, and Shame - Loss of Childhood: - Survival Strategies A New Perspective - Forgetting Denying Distancing and Pretending: Numbing - Compartments - Self Image, Self-Esteem and Perfectionism - Sex Trust and Caring: Is Recovery Possible? Breaking Secrecy -  Relationships and Social Support -  Sexual Feelings -: Individual Counseling - Groups And Workshops - Confrontation -  Clergy Abuse - About Forgiving -  Moving on - For and About Partners  - Family And Friends - Other Resources -  Books, Articles and Pamphlets -  A Final Word
NOTE: From the publisher: The first book written specifically for men, Victims No Longer examines the changing cultural attitudes toward male survivors of incest and other sexual trauma. (Readers can:) identify and validate their childhood experiences; explore strategies of survival and healing; work through issues such as trust, intimacy, and sexual confusion; establish a support network for continued personal recovery and make choices that aren’t determined by abuse”
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Lew, Mike. (1999) Leaping upon the mountains: Men proclaiming victory over sexual child abuse. Small Wonder Books, Jamaica Plain, MA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:  Part 1: Early Recovery: Books and Reading: Safe Environments: Professional Resources: Safe and Supportive Persons: Writing Activities: Other Creative Activities: Taking Difficult but Necessary Steps: Attention to Self: Attention to Others: Religion and Spirituality: Feelings: Intimate Relationships: Part 2: Mid-Recovery:  Books and Reading: Safe Environments: Professional Resources: Safe and Supportive Persons: Writing Activities: Other Creative Activities: Taking Difficult but Necessary Steps: Attention to Self: Attention to Others: Religion and Spirituality: The Role of Feelings: Forgiveness, Risk, and Changes: Part 3: Late Recovery:  Books and Reading: Safe Environments: Professional Resources: Safe and Supportive Persons: Writing Activities: Other Creative Activities: Taking Difficult but Necessary Steps: Confrontation: Limits and Boundaries: Attention to Self: Attention to Others: Religion and Spirituality: Interpersonal Exploration: Foregiveness: The Role of Feelings: Trust: Hope, Grace, and Moving  On:  Part 4: Victorious Messages: Man to Man: Argentina to Zimbabwe: Afterword:  How Far We’ve Journeyed and what is Ahead: Resources
NOTE From the publisher: “Presenting the first real investigation of what male sexual assault survivors themselves identify as most important during various stages of recovery, Leaping upon the Mountains contains powerfully moving contributions from hundreds of MEN.”
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Maltz, Wendy. (1991, 2001) The sexual healing journey: A guide for survivors of sexual abuse. HarperCollins, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: About the Sexual Healing Journey - Realizing There’s a Sexual Issue - Acknowledging the Abuse - Identifying the Sexual Impact  - Deciding to Reclaim Our Sexuality - Creating a New Meaning for Sex - Finding Our Real Sexual Selves - Gaining Control over Automatic Reactions - Moving Toward Healthy Sexual Behavior - Healing with an Intimate Partner - Techniques for Relearning Touch - Solving Speci?c Sexual Problems - Enjoying Sexual Experiences - Resources
NOTE: From the publisher: “Based on the author’s extensive training and experience in working with abuse survivors, The Survivor’s Guide to Sex offers an affirming, sex-positive approach to recovery from incest and rape. While most books on the topic broach sexuality only to reassure women that it is alright to say “no” to unwanted sex, this one encourages women to learn how to say “yes” to their own desires and on their own terms.
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Matthew, Laurie. (2001) Who dares wins! Young Women's Centre Ltd, Scotland. 
NOTE: Intended as a basic information resource. Covers issues such as: feminism and ritual abuse, supporting survivors of ritual abuse, children and ritual abuse and a survivor’s perspective.

Laurie. Where angels fear. Sequel to Who dares wins! Young Women's Centre Ltd, Scotland.

Miller, Alison. (2112) Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control. Karnac Books, London, England.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface: E. Sue Blume -  Foreword: Valerie Sinason  - Introcution - A therapist’s first experience with ritual abuse and mind control (with thanks to "Lorraine", "Teresa", "Tony", and "Jennifer") - Ritual abuse and mind control: the definition evolves - The basics of therapy  -  Markers of mind control and ritual abuse  -  "Ritual" abuse: religious and creed-based abuses, with contributions by: Old Lady: "The special child’s spiritual training" Adriana Green: "The strangers’ house"  - Military, political, and commercial uses of mind control, with contributions by: Trish Fotheringham: "Mind control as I experienced it" Jeannie Riseman: "A 1940s system of programming"  -  A reversed Kabbalah trainer speaks, contributed by Stella Katz - The programming: indoctrination, lies, and tricks -  Understanding and working with alters’ jobs and hierarchies, with a contribution by: LisaBri: "When therapists make mistakes"  -  Dealing with programming: alternative strategies, with contributions by: Jeannie Riseman: "Programming: taking the wind out of its sails" Robin Morgan: "Dismantling my inner structures"  -  "Stabilization" takes on a new meaning  -  "Maybe I made it up," with contributions by: LisaBri: "Honesty and denial" Carol Rutz: "Validating my mind control memories" - Boundaries and bonds: the therapeutic relationship, with contributions by: Stella Katz: "For Miranda" LisaBri: "A survivor in therapy"  -  Treating programmed pedophilia (with thanks to "Jennifer") - The unimaginable  - Working with the traumatic memories  - Successful resolution: co-consciousness or integration, with contributions by: Jen Callow: Part 1: "To integrate or not to integrate" Jen Callow: Part 2: "Building inner community" Stella Katz: "Reclaiming me"  -  Ritual abuse and mind control treatment: greater than the sum of its parts - Appendices: 1. Resources (books and websites)  2: Satanic calendar
NOTE: Review from Goodreads "Although Dr. Miller’s book was written as a manual for therapists who are helping ritual abuse and mind control survivors to heal effectively, I/we (survivor(s) of ritual abuse/torture, mind control, rape/torture and incest) have also read the book and find it to be an invaluable resource. Before reading the manual, we sought our therapist’s advice about which chapters to read and also checked regularly with our insiders before reading the book further. Dr. Miller truly appreciates her clients’ (and their insiders’) need to be heard in a respectful way so that the therapist may be able to understand and work with the client’s system in a manner that is most beneficial for the client’s healing. Hence, Dr. Miller not only shares her knowledge, insight, wisdom, experience and expertise that she has gained from listening/working with survivors, but she has sought out some survivors to share pertinent information about their specific systems, ritual abuse and mind control experiences and their advice for therapists. Consequently, Dr. Miller and these survivors, through their words, encouraged me/my insiders to do what was forbidden, to think for ourselves, and begin to really understand how the perpetrators used lies, tricks, theatrics and/or torture to try and control us so that we may become as evil/sick as them or become self-destructive via their programming tactics. The perpetrators did not and will not succeed though because now we know that we are not alone. Furthermore, this book disempowers the perpetrators and exposes them for who they really are. Dr. Miller’s book is not only helping us to heal well, it is empowering us to help other survivors heal and thrive as worthy human beings."
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Miller, Alison (2014) Becoming Yourself: Overcoming Mind Control and Ritual Abuse. Karnac Books, London, England.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Symptoms, memories and evidence -  The struggle for healing -  Dissociation, multiplicity and personality systems -  Engineered multiplicity: personality systems created by mind control - Indoctrination -  Sally from three perspectives -  7 Internal hierarchies - Talking with the higher-ups - Keeping safe from the perpetrator group -  Dealing with triggering -  Building inner community - Coping with daily life -  Emotions -  What about the memories? Putting together the traumatic memories -  Looking at your family -  Healing your sexuality - Succeeding in friendships and relationships -  Therapy and therapists -  Overcoming spiritual abuse - Becoming yourself
NOTE: From the publisher: "In contrast to the author's previous book, Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control, which was for therapists, this book is designed for survivors of these abuses. It takes the survivor systematically through understanding the abuses and how his or her symptoms may be consequences of these abuses, and gives practical advice regarding how a survivor can achieve stability and manage the life issues with which he or she may have difficulty. The book also teaches the survivor how to work with his or her complex personality system and with the traumatic memories, to heal the wounds created by the abuse. A unique feature of this book is that it addresses the reader as if he or she is dissociative, and directs some information and exercises towards the internal leaders of the personality system, teaching them how to build a cooperative and healing inner community within which information is shared, each part's needs are met, and traumatic memories can be worked through successfully."
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Nancy J. Getting through the day: Strategies for adults hurt as children. Sidran Foundation Press, Baltimore, MD.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction: I know I have Been Hurt, But Now What? Dissociation and Childhood Hurts: When You Have a Need Not to Know -Therapeutic Dissociation: A Better Way - Identifying Triggers: Why Am I So Scared? Healing with “Mindfulness”: Something to Hold on to - Containing and Sitting with Feelings: I Feel Like I’m Going to …Disappointment and Despair: I Just Don’t Know What to Do – Dealing with Inner Child Parts: What Do I Do with Them Now? Shame And the Disowned Self: I Can’t Bear to Let You See…Your Future Self: Could That Possibly Be Me? What about the People in My Life? What about My Therapist? In Fact, What about Therapy?
NOTE: From the publisher: “ In straightforward language, the author discusses the continuum of dissociation and explains the difference between ordinary mood shifts and trauma-induced dissociation. Chapters are devoted to the therapeutic value of dissociation, triggers, mindfulness, “inner child” parts, shame, your “future” self, and your relationships with family, friends, and therapist.
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Oksana, Chrystine. (1994, 2001) Safe passage to healing: A guide for survivors of ritual abuse. Harper Perennial, NY. NY, and  iUniverse, Lincoln, NB.
NOTE: Written in the format of Ellen Bass’ The Courage to Heal, this is the first and still the best book on healing from Ritual Abuse. The chapter on the crisis phase has probably saved more lives than any other book written on ritual abuse. If you can only buy one book, buy this one.

Rauch, Mikele. (2009) Healing the soul after religious abuse: The dark heaven of recovery. Praeger Pub., Westport, CT.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Nightmare of Light - Trauma and the Life Cycle - When Religion Is the Abuser - Spiritual Leadership and the Trance of Religious Power - Psychological and Physical Abuse in the Name of God - When Religious Violate in the Name of God: Sexual and Ritual Abuse - Recovery in Four Directions - The Water of Life - Resources - Glossary - Notes – Bibliography
NOTE: Chapter 6 is devoted to sexual and ritual abuse. The authors make the point that abuse occurs in religious settings other than Christian churches.
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Rose, Emilie P. (1996) Reaching for the light: A guide for ritual abuse survivors and their therapists. Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, OH.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Foreword (Renee Frederickson): Preface: Introduction: Prelude: Davida Angelica roared: The basics: What is ritual abuse? Building networks: Interlude I: Michelle’s story: Kid management: Interlude II: Adam’s story: Reprogramming: overcoming Mind control: Loss and grief: Interlude III: Living the questions: Facing Evil: Interlude IV: Baby angels: reclaiming ritual as an agent of healing: Interlude V: from a child survivor of ritual abuse: Healing our spiritual selves: Interlude VI: Love in real: Long-term healing: For therapists and helpers: Postlude: Courageous hope: Definitions: Guided imagery for creating a safe place: Notes: The survivor’s glossary of medical terms.
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Rosenbloom, Dena, Williams, Mary Beth, Watkins, Barbara E., and Pearlman, Laurie Anne. (2010) Life after trauma: A workbook for healing. Guilford Press, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Prologue Before You Begin ­Why You Feel Thrown for a Loop - Thinking Things Through - Feeling Safe, Being Safe - What Does Safety Mean to You? - Do You Feel Safe Enough? - Summarizing Your Work on Safety - What Does it Mean to Trust? - Regaining Control in Your life - Valuing Yourself and Others - Feeling Close to Others - Epilogue: Healing for the Long Term - Toward a Greater Meaning - Recommended Resources - About Psychotherapy - Be Aware of Your Own Beliefs
NOTE: Detailed exercises designed to explore and evaluate basic attitudes, evaluate areas of strength and weakness, and designing ways to act differently in the future.
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Rothschild, Babette. (2000) The body remembers: The psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment. W.W. Norton, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: "While reducing the chasm between scientific theory and clinical practice and bridging the gap between talk therapy and body therapy, Rothschild presents principles and non-touch techniques for giving the body its due. With an eye to its relevance for clinicians, she consolidates current knowledge about the psychobiology of the stress response both in normally challenging situations and during extreme and prolonged trauma. This gives clinicians from all disciplines a foundation for speculating about the origins of their clients' symptoms and incorporating regard for the body into their practice. The somatic techniques are chosen with an eye to making trauma therapy safer while increasing mind-body integration."
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Rothschild, Babette. (2003) The body remembers casebook: Unifying methods and models in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. W.W.Norton, NY, NY.
NOTE: Advocates tailoring therapy to individual cases and demonstrates the use of psychodynamic, cognitive, EMDR, SIBAM and other therapies  in trauma treatment.

Ryder, D. (1992) Breaking the circle of ritual Satanic abuse: Recognizing and recovering from the hidden trauma. CompCare Publishers, Minneapolis, MN.
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Schwartz, Richard C. (2001). Introduction to the internal family systems model. Trailheads Publications Open Library.
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Smith, Margaret. (1993) Ritual abuse: What it is, why it happens, how to help. HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco, CA
NOTE: A general introduction to ritual abuse and healing, written by a survivor/multiple, with a chapter on getting out if you are currently cult-involved.  From the publisher: "...examines personal experiences from fifty-two adult survivors; cult abuse throughout history; the background of perpetrators, brainwashing, and Multiple Personality Disorder; and gives compassionate guidance on the recovery and healing process. It is a caring, comprehensive, and much-needed resource."
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Trout, Diana. (2009) Journal spilling: Mixed-media techniques for free expression. North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Welcome - Gathering Supplies - Warming Up - Stretch Spill - Plunge In - Lean Into Trust - Taming the Critic - Secrets Wishes - My Space - Lifeline - Field Trips – Resources
NOTE: From a reader’s review on GoodReads: “Throughout the book, the author talks about keeping moving. At one point she refers to it as aerobics for creativity. The idea is to not think too much and keep moving creatively; to keep your hand moving. She also gives some advice on what to say to your mind if it starts to interrupt (which mine does all the time!!): “...quietly tell it you are busy right now.” … There are lots of things to try in this book: paper dolls, using book covers to make a journal, making glitter glue, using white out as an art supply, cutting rubber stamps, using regular household items to make marks, book making, and many other exercises and techniques. She also tells you how to make a traveling kit.”

Williams, Mary Beth and Soili Poijula (2002) The PTSD workbook: Simple, effective techniques for overcoming traumatic stress symptoms. New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Before Doing the Work: Safety, Security, and Intention - Identifying and Writing about What Has Happened to You - My Traumatic Experiences - Coping with Trauma with Less Avoidance and Denial ­Dealing with Associated Symptoms of PTSD: Guilt, Survivor Guilt, Shame, and Loss - Difficulty Regulating Emotion  - Alterations in Attention or Consciousness: Dealing with Dissociation and Traumatic Amnesia  - How Trauma Impacts the Way You View Yourself - Dealing with Your Perpetrators - Finding Meaning
NOTE: From the authors: “In this workbook, you will have the opportunity to complete numerous exercises that will give you insight into your symptoms, your beliefs, your behaviors, and your feelings about the trauma or traumas you endured. Many of these exercises can be completed in the book itself, so that the book becomes a record of your recovery from trauma as well as a resource for you to turn to again and again throughout that recovery. Other exercises can be completed in a separate notebook or journal, which can also be used to expand upon the exercises you complete in the book or to record your other thoughts and feelings along your journey to healing.”
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Wood, Wendy Ann (1991). Triumph over darkness: Understanding and healing the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. Beyond Words Publishing: Hillsboro, OR.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Letter to the editor - Perceptions  - Seeing the darkness before the light  - Tangled scars - Looking back fifty-eight years  - Letter unmailed - My feelings - Told my mother -A symbolic act - This is a poem about incest - People do not really want to know - If not for group - Nasty words - Told God I was angry - Other - Remembering - Not remembering - Telling - Living out loud - Building - My dream - Silence - Who are you? - Evil - Expectation - remembering - Seeing the darkness before the light - Moving beyond the darkness - Telling about it - Letters between mother and daughter  - My recovery  - Suggested readings  - On male survivors of sexual abuse - Therapy- Voices of male survivors - Survivors of childhood sexual abuse  - Broken -With ritually abused survivors – Insights - Partners in healing - And/or committed relationship - Those who go through our pain with us - Survivor- A Tool To Journey Inward
NOTE: Poems and essays. Includes healing strategies, personal accounts, poetry, questions and answers, “progress reports” on survivors, and a chapter on ritual abuse.
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Woodsum, Gayle M. (1998) The ultimate challenge: A revolutionary, sane and sensible response to ritualistic and cult-related abuse. Action Resources International, Laramie, WY.
NOTE: From the publisher: “The Ultimate Challenge... Provides a thorough presentation of what ritualistic and cult-related abuses are, why they exist, and how offenders get away with what they do. In a unique and straightforward manner, it intentionally de-mystifies and de-sensationalizes the most sophisticated of child abuses while forcing the reader to question popularly accepted myths that trap victims and survivors. The original analysis presented offers a framework within which service providers can dare to break from the limitations of institutionalized thinking and offer clients complete release from the realities and consequences of horrific abuse. Additionally, it provides victims and survivors with a philosophy they can apply to their individual situations and needs, creating a path to liberation from abuse with or without support from the outside world.” 
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