As I did in the comment thread, I thank Mobius for his posting about Gafni and Jewish leaders responses to the issue of sexual violence, assault and abuse in Jewish communities.
What I realized as I crawled into bed late (and I do mean too damn late) last night, is that for many reading these threads, conversations about rape and sexual assault and abuse can be very triggering, and that we have not done our work in entirety if we do not provide at least a few links/resources for people to go.
So I encourage folks to add more resources in the commentary thread, as I post a few before running off to the Personal Democracy Forum early this am:
I have to first give a shout out to one of my favorite organizations, Generation Five whose mission is “to end sexual abuse within five generations. Through survivor leadership, community organizing and public action, Gen 5 works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child abuse on individuals, families and communities.
If you google, you’ll find a number of organizations that provide services, including San Francisco Women Against Rape, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs which has a great list of orgs throughout the country that work specifically with LGBT communities, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network , the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization. This issue crosses all genders and sexualities, and we need to speak out on the impact of rape, sexual assault and abuse on women, men and transgender people.
Finally, I’d be remiss in not adding a few resources including: Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (HarperCollins, 1993); Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (Harper and Row, 1988, 1994); The Survivor’s Guide to Sex: How to Have an Empowered Sex Life after Child Sexual Abuse, by Staci Haines (Cleis Press, 1999); and Healing Sex: The Complete Guide to Sexual Wholeness.
For more resources, start here