Survivor Resources – Report The Abuse
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Survivor Resources

Dealing with the trauma of sexual violence is always difficult, and the harsh living and working environments that humanitarian and development workers face in the field can significantly compound it.

Report the Abuse believes that it is the responsibility of humanitarian and development organisations to provide its employees with the medical and emotional assistance needed to recover from the traumatic impacts of work-related sexual violence.

However, this is not always the case. Instead, survivors are often left to seek support on their own.

The following list of therapists, support groups and documents are all resources readily available to humanitarian and development actors, and should be accessible anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

It is a working database, and with time Report the Abuse wishes to expand it even further. If you know of an organization, group or other type of resource that you feel should be added to this list, please contact us.

Seeking Help

The path to healing is not linear and often not easy. Being able to speak to a professional can help many survivors of sexual violence, as well as those exposed to the trauma vicariously.

We wanted to make sure that survivors could seek help wherever they are in the world. The linked database is a working document. Where gaps exist, informal networks for seeking support might be available. Other countries may not have any resources at all. The global section represents avenues for seeking help in the most remote location, via the internet or phone.

Resources for Male Survivors

While many 
of the resources listed above, as
the document and articles provided on the webpage, can
be applied to
 male survivors, specific resources can be helpful. The linked excel spreadsheet serves
the beginning of a database of resources for
male survivors.

Additions are 
highly welcomed. More articles on male survivors of sexual violence can be found under In The News.

Legal Database

Our database of legal resources can be
at the linked excel spreadsheet. This should not 
be considered an exhaustive list of resources, but
 an excellent place 

 in the database have experience with labour issues and human rights. Most also 
have experience with sexual violence survivors.

Additional to the database are welcomed.

Resources for LGBTQI Humanitarians

There is emerging data on the issue of
 sexual violence against humanitarian and development workers which have
LGBTQI element. There 
few resources specifically created for this group, but what
been identified is 
detailed here.

Additions are
 highly welcomed, and we intend to open up more avenues on this topic in the future.

LGBT Foundation

MSF Rainbow Network

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs


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.