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Help for Survivors

× Report the Abuse ceased operations as an NGO on 20 August 2017. The webpage and its contents are no longer updated. Thank you for your support, and we encourage all visitors to keep addressing sexual violence against humanitarian aid workers.

Dealing with the trauma of sexual violence is always difficult, and the harsh living and working environments humanitarian aid workers face in the field can significantly compound it. Report the Abuse believes that it is the responsibility of humanitarian organisations to provide its staff members with the psychosocial and medical support needed to recover from sexual violence.

Unfortunately, this is not always the reality, and survivors are still often left to find their own ways to recovery. The resources listed in this section were gathered to help survivors recover from their experiences, and empower them to find their voices. 

As Report the Abuse ceased operations on 20 August 2017, the website is no longer being updated, and we cannot confirm the veracity and quality of all listed organisations and information.


Megan Nobert, What do Survivors Want?, ATHA, 12 July 2017.

Lauren Wolfe, 10 do’s and don’ts on how to interview sexualized violence survivors, Women Under Siege, 17 May 2017.

Laura PalumboYes, You Have A Role To Play In Preventing Sexual Violence (In All Its Forms), Huffington Post, 3 April 2017.

Dr. Linda Wagener, Gender Security for Aid Workers, Headington Institute, 21 March 2017.

Amy Oestreicher, The freeze response: How a warrior handles the trauma of sexual assault, SVRI Blog, 14 December 2016.

Amy Oestreicher, What to say and what not to say to a survivor of sexual assault, SVRI Blog, 13 December 2016.

Sian Ferguson, Tips for meditating when you have PTSD, Headspace, 11 December 2016.

Sonya Shah, 4 Things We Can Do To Help Heal And End Sexual Violence, The Huffington Post, 30 October 2016.

Financial Assistance for Canadians Victimized Abroad, Department of Justice, Government of Canada, 5 October 2016.

After trauma I: Basic Info for Trauma Survivors, Expressive Trauma Integration, 27 June 2016.

Caroline Catlin, When You’re a Woman Raped by a Woman, Broadly, 18 April 2016.

Megan Nobert, Musings on Forgetting and Forgiving, Fem2.0, 5 April 2016.

Raymond M. Douglas, I don’t know how to discuss being raped: I am different, permanently, but there’s no language to describe how, Salon, 3 April 2016.

James Ross, A Simple Guide For Being A ‘Perfect’ Sexual Assault Victim, Huffington Post, 31 March 2016.

Wild Zen | An Inner Roadmap to Humanity: 12 Ways to Journey Beyond Violence, Conflict, Stress, Trauma & Adversity, 21 February 2016.

Fact Sheet: Emergency contraception, WHO, February 2016.

Megan Nobert, The Language of Rape, Fem2.0, 5 January 2016.

Wellbeing of Humanitarians – Immediate Action needed, Humanitarian Wellbeing, 24 September 2015.

Megan Nobert, An Open Letter to my Fellow Sexual Violence Survivors, GUTS Magazine, 20 August 2015.

Online Consultation: Humanitarian Effectiveness and Staff Wellness, PHAP, July 2015.

Humanitarian Intervention Guide: Clinical Management of Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies,
WHO, 2015.

Alessandra Pigni, How to prevent burnout in aid work, WhyDev, 7 April 2014.

Alessandra Pigni, How to prevent burnout in aid work, WhyDev, 7 April 2014.

Rich McEachran, Aid workers and post-traumatic stress disorder, The Guardian, 3 March 2014.

GBV & The Humanitarian Community: 5 Part series, The Headington Institute, 26 January 2012.

Psychological first aid: guide for field workers, WHO, 2011.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies: What should protection programme managers know?, IASC, 2010.

Dr. Laurie Anne Pearlman & Lisa McKay, Understanding & Addressing Vicarious Trauma, The Headington Institute, 2008.

Psychological First-Aid: Field Operations Guide, 2nd Edition, NCTSN, 2006.

Clinical Management of Rape Survivors, WHO, 2004.

John Fawcett, Stress and Trauma Handbook: Strategies for Flourishing in Demanding Environments, 31 January 2003.

David Lisak, Understanding the Predatory Nature of Sexual Violence.

Managing the Physiological and Emotional Effects of Trauma, RASASC.


Tips for Interviewing Survivors, RAINN.

Vicarious Trauma Fact Sheet, American Counselling Association.