Sexual Assault and Abuse Resources


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

Working in tandem with the resources and videos found at, 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


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. Helpful sample child protection policy, application, screening interview, and warning signs of potential abusers 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
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.