After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back By NANCY VENABLE RAINE. "[A] blameless and shameless modern narrative about the meaning of rape . . . . [A] book that dignifies the human spirit. It should be read by everyone." New York Times Book Review. First Chapter: 'After Silence'
The Courage to Heal : A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse -- Ellen Bass, Laura Davis (Contributor). The classic and definitive self-help guide for women survivors of sexual abuse, The Courage To Heal is a tool for recovery that works. This is also the book often cited by those who challenge the credibility of incest survivors. . . This is a comprehensive, supportive, carefully worded and often passionate book, as helpful for those who are the partners, friends or family of survivors, as for survivors themselves.
*Anyone in litigation or contemplating litigation should check with their attorney before reading self-help books.
Remedies for Victims of Sexual Abuse. Statutes of limitation, types of claims, professional exploitation, Violence Against Women Act, waiver of privacy, impact on therapy, hypnosis, protective orders and publicity, retaliation suits, other remedies. Should you bring a claim? Connecticut version of article.
Statutes of Limitation. National state-by-survey of extended and discovery-based statutes of limitations applicable to civil damage claims for childhood sexual abuse. Statutory references, cases, explanations, links to statutes and state resources. Companion to the article, Remedies for Victims of Sexual Abuse.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse. A summary of the major features of statutes requiring mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. Links.
Guest commentary: Sex Education Helps Keep Kids Safe From Abuse. "If sex is never talked about . . then children will be very reluctant to tell if theyve been abused." By Patricia Wass, Coordinator of Sexual Assault Crisis Services at the Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington, Connecticut.
Article: The effects of sexual abuse. "Like scar tissue, the effects of sexual abuse never go away, experts say, continuing to influence victims in various ways, such as by contributing to drug and alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, divorce and distrust." By Kathleen Megan.
A guide for parents to teach their children personal safety rules to reduce the risk of sexual abuse. "Children are best protected by giving them the knowledge and skills necessary for their safety and well-being."
Sex Offender Registration in CT - It's Not That Simple. Registration laws may create a false sense of safety.
Sexual Offender Treatment. Offender treatment provides a means for motivated offenders to avoid re-offending, is a means to monitor and hold them accountable and provides validation for victims.
Long-term Effects of Child Sexual
Abuse by PAUL E. MULLEN and JILLIAN FLEMING . A supported journal
article which surveys the impact of child sexual abuse on social and interpersonal
functioning. (Sept. 1998).
Civil Remedies for [Connecticut] Survivors of Sexual Abuse: An Overview. Statute of limitations, defenses, false memory, practical considerations, privacy concerns. Should you bring a claim?
Connecticut statutes relating to sexual abuse issues:
Site Article: Mandatory Reporting Laws.
Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Service (CONNSACS). News, articles, reference, newsletters, lists. CONNSACS provides support groups for survivors of any type of sexual abuse or sexual assault. Link to Website.
The National Victim Center (2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington VA 22201, Tel 703-276-2880, Fax 703-276-2889) maintains a list of victims' lawyers in each state who are members of the organization.
A good source of referrals is your local rape or sexual assault victim crisis center. Another source is the local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Your state's bar association may have a victims law subcommittee and may be able to provide you with the name of the chair or a membership list. Your state bar association may also have a referral service.
You can also try the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator, the on-line version of the famous advertising directory for lawyers. Martindale-Hubbell is a paid service and not all lawyers chose to be listed or advertise. You can search the on-line site by geographical area, name, specialty, etc.