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If you or someone you care about has been affected by sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship abuse, or another form of sexual misconduct, these resources—websites, books, articles, and videos—may be helpful.

Surviving and Healing after Sexual Violence

  • "How We Survive"
    This booklet of advice was created by Carleton survivors of sexual violence, for other survivors. It was compiled by the GSC for the 2010 SpeakUp.
  • RAINN.org
    "RAINN provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through two hotlines at 800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org. Whether you are more comfortable on the telephone or online, RAINN has services that can guide you in your recovery."
    • Types of Sexual Assault—this page of the RAINN website may help you as you grapple with defining your experience.
    • Effects of Sexual Assault—this page may help you understand emotions and experiences you may have following a sexual assault.
  • There are many books and magazines available in the GSC library that may be helpful to you. And the GSC's collection is searchable on the Bridge! Some of these books are:
    • "The Courage to Heal: a guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse" by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
    • "Victims No Longer : the classic guide for men recovering from sexual child abuse" by Mike Lew
    • "Voices of Courage" by Mike Domitrz
    • "May I Kiss You?" by Mike Domitrz
    • "Yes Means Yes" by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti
    • "The Color of Violence" by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

Supporting a Friend

  • CAASHA "Supporting a Friend"
    This piece, written by Carleton's peer advocacy group, shares advice for supporting a friend who has experienced sexual misconduct.
  • Do's and Don'ts 
    Chapter 3 from "Rape at College: How to Help a Friend" by Gillian Greensite. Find the whole booklet in the GSC library.
  • RAINN.org
    "RAINN provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through two hotlines at 800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org. Whether you are more comfortable on the telephone or online, RAINN has services that can guide you in your recovery."
    • Help a Loved One—this page suggests ways you can help a friend who has experienced sexual assault, harassment, rape, etc.
    • Self Care for Friends and Family—Here are some feelings you may experience as you support your friend, and suggestions for how you can care for yourself.

Changing a Culture of Sexual Violence

  • See what Carleton is doing
  • The Pledge
    This pledge was created by Carleton students who wanted to take a stand against sexual violence.
  • "Yes Means Yes" by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti (in the GSC library)
  • NOW—National Organization for Women
  • V-Day
    Founded by Eve Ensler, "V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery."
  • INCITE!—Women of Color Against Violence
  • "The Color of Violence" by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (in the GSC library)