This book will help educate and empower survivors of sexual violation to work through the healing process. Sexual violation affects survivors but does not have to dictate their future, and this book shows readers how various paths to healing can help them not only overcome the trauma of sexual assault, but also thrive as they move on with their lives. Contributors aim to arm the reader with access to multiple internal and external resources that can be tapped into during the recovery journey. The survivors, their families, and helping professionals will learn to identify the effects and dynamics of various forms of sexual violence so that understanding can open the door to healing.
In this comprehensive anthology on coping with sexual violence, psychology professor and trauma expert Bryant-Davis (Thriving in the Wake of Trauma) has included essays covering childhood sexual abuse, human trafficking, the value of self-defense training, and the reintegration of faith as a method of healing from trauma, among other subjects. The result reads... free of academic jargon, and accessible to laypeople. Sexual abuse survivors, as well as their friends and family, will find suggestions for recovery strategies and supporting research.
About the Author:
Thema Bryant-Davis is associate professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she also is Director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab. Bryant-Davis, a former American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations and former President of the Society for the Psychology of Women, is author of Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A Multicultural Guide which won an Academic Choice Award. She was also awarded the Emerging Leader of Women in Psychology Award. She was elected a member of the Committee on Women in Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She is an Associate Editor for Psychological Trauma, the premiere APA journal on traumatic stress and recovery. She is a trainer for Rape Crisis centers nationally and internationally and has provided training for mental health professionals, medical personnel, judges, police officers, religious leaders, and community members on sexual violence prevention and intervention.