I’ve mentioned support in your personal life. Now here are some resources, mostly in Austin, Texas, that I have found helpful (and one that I didn’t try that might be of use to you, if you’re a UT student). Even if you do not live in Austin, you could always call some of these organizations and do phone counseling/have them refer you to a place near you.
Mission: SafePlace exists to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.
SafePlace… Provides Safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence.
Helps victims in their Healing so they can move beyond being defined by the crimes committed against them, and become Survivors.
Promotes safe and healthy relationships for the Prevention of sexual and domestic violence.
Works with others to create Change in attitudes, behaviors and policies that perpetuate the acceptance of, and impact our understanding and responses to, sexual and domestic violence.
Phone: 512.267.SAFE (for 24 counseling/more info)
Voices Against Violence:
CMHC Voices Against Violence (VAV) is a program of the Counseling and Mental Health Center at The University of Texas at Austin. VAV addresses issues of:
Our programs are designed to serve the needs of the diverse UT population with information, education, training, advocacy, counseling, and referral services.
Services for Survivors and Allies include:
Anonymous Telephone Counseling
Connection to resources in the community
Advocacy services which may include legal, medical, academic, and/or housing support
Phone: 512-471-CALL (2255) (UT Students Only)
Overcoming Sexual Abuse Website:
Overcoming Sexual Abuse began as a mother & daughter team, Christina Enevoldsen & Bethany Ruck, survivors of childhood sexual abuse. When we looked for an online support group for ourselves, our search turned up two types of groups: The first type was extremely supportive and nurturing, but lacked any belief or commitment to actually getting better. It was merely a place to share struggles, yet without hope of finding a way out. The second type was very uplifting and encouraging, yet gave the impression that healing was a matter of determination and positive attitude. We knew from our own healing journey that all of those were necessary to heal, but we also knew that without practical answers and tools for recovery there would be no permanent improvement. Since we didn’t find what we were looking for, we started our own group and Overcoming Sexual Abuse was born.
These are some technical tools if you will for the healing process. These are professional resources designed to target and directly assist the victims with many levels of healing. Whether it is home relocation, counseling, group sessions, job searches for victims, or just someone to talk to, these resources can save you in a million ways. Overcoming Sexual Abuse is a website I found that compiles the writings of several people (women mostly) and their personal experiences, struggles, paths to healing, etc. While it doesn’t directly counsel victims, I have found some of the articles to be very encouraging and enlightening, and show my situation from different perspectives, several more forgiving than my own.