Sexual Assault and Abuse Resources

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Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused  Brad Hambrick, General Editor

Working in tandem with the resources and videos found at churchcares.com, this handbook brings together leading evangelical trauma counselors, victim advocates, social workers, attorneys, batterer interventionists, and survivors to equip pastors and ministry leaders for the appropriate initial responses to a variety of abuse scenarios in churches, schools, or ministries. A FREE download of this book and training curriculum are available at churchcares.com.

We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis Mary Demuth

Author, advocate, and abuse survivor Mary DeMuth helps church leaders create safe havens for sexual abuse survivors.

Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse  Dr. Steven Tracy

This book provides a well-researched biblical and scientific overview of abuse and the means of healing. A sample child protection policy, application, screening interview, and warning signs of potential abusers help equip ministry leaders.

Light Shines in the Darkness: My Healing Journey Through Sexual Assault and Depression Lucille F. Sider

Clinical psychologist and clergywoman Lucille F. Sider adds her voice to the chorus of women in the #WhyIDidntReport and #MeToo movements. This is Lucille’s story of resilience and hope as a survivor of sexual abuse. She explains the challenges of finding her way out of a fear-based spirituality into one that is full of grace, hope and forgiveness. At the end of the book, she includes a complete study guide with questions for reflection for individuals, small groups and classes.

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault  And
Rid of My Disgrace Small Group Discussion Guide  Justin and Lindsey Holcomb 

Justin and Lindsey Holcomb outline an approach for moving from destruction to redemption. While avoiding platitudes and shallow theology, Rid of My Disgrace combines biblical and theological depth with up-to-date research. This book is primarily written for those who have been assaulted (either as children or adults) but also equips family, friends, pastors, and others to care for victims in ways that are compassionate, practical, and informed. The 8-week small group discussion guide walks victims of sexual abuse along a biblical path of restoration, helping them to finally be rid of their disgrace.

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ERLC Caring Well Conference

In Oct. 2019, the ERLC hosted a national conference devoted to the subject of helping churches become safe from abuse (preventative care) and safe for the abused (responsive care). The ERLC has made the content from that conference available free so that churches can continue to grow in these vitally important areas.

Diane Langberg, PH.D

Christian psychologist and international speaker working with trauma survivors, caregivers and clergy around the world. Explore her website for free videos, podcasts, and blogs on responding to sexual abuse.

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#MeToo in Middle School: Talking About Sexual Harassment and Boundaries with Tweens

Books and resources to help parents and educators address sexual harassment in middle school and teach boundaries and respect.

Resources to Guide Discussions About Consent, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Statistics and research on sexual assault and consent, how to talk to teens about consent, and resources for reporting sexual misconduct.

Sexual Violence Myths and Facts

There is a lot of information that circulates about sexual violence and the people affected by it. This sheet will help clarify some of the most common myths.

MCASA (Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault)

List of MD rape crisis centers, what to do if you have been sexually assaulted, stats and research, prevention resources, and more. Request a Training

A Call to Men

A Call to Men “works to transform society by promoting healthy, respectful manhood and offering trainings and educational resources for companies, government agencies, schools, and community groups.”

Effects of Military Sexual Trauma

Videos, research, and next steps toward healing.

Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence

Resources for employers, survivors, and advocates. Includes factsheets, guides, workplace tools, research, and training.

Services

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656- HOPE

Connect survivors with sexual assault service providers in their area.

MaleSurvivor

Free online resources, discussion forum, and healing community to support men who have been sexually abused & assaulted as a child or adult.

House of Ruth

24-hour hotline in English and Spanish, immediate access to a wealth of services to support victims of sexual abuse and assault including an emergency shelter (MD specific). Request a speaker.

SARC (Sexual Assault/Spousal Abuse Resource Center)

24 Hour Helpline, abuse and crisis intervention, counseling services, and more. Request a Speaker.

Turn Around

Sexual assault counseling, trauma therapy, advocacy, case management, research & statistics. Request a Speaker.

Training

Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused Brad Hambrick, General Editor

Working in tandem with the handbook, this video training brings together leading evangelical trauma counselors, victim advocates, social workers, attorneys, batterer interventionists, and survivors to equip pastors and ministry leaders for the appropriate initial responses to a variety of abuse scenarios in churches, schools, or ministries. A FREE download of the handbook is available at churchcares.com.