Websites and Links

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Resources for Therapist and Professional Abuse

Abused by a Therapist?
A UK based blog for mutual support, and to share resources in respect of abuse by a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Broken Boundaries – Stories of Betrayal in Relationships of Care by Sarah Richardson, Melanie Cunningham, et al.
Broken Boundaries is a collection of seven real-life stories told by the women who have lived them. Each of these women placed their trust in a professional (mental health nurse, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, psychotherapist, mental health social worker, counsellor, GP) at a time of need and vulnerability and each of the professionals exploited that trust. As a part of their ongoing recovery from the abuse they suffered, each of the women has had the courage and resolve to share their stories. This book is available as a download on Lulu.com.

Lynette’s Law for Maryland
The goals of this site are to spread awareness about abuse by therapists and other mental health professionals and to push officials to pass a bill that will 1) criminalize therapy sex abuse and 2) require all mental health professionals to pass background checks.

Lynette’s Law Advocate – Margaret
Lynettes Law is a cause to Stop therapist abuse now! Therapist abuse is using the imbalance of power in the therapeutic relationship to control, manipulate and exploit clients.

TELL – Therapy Exploitation Link Line
TELL is a resource, referral, and networking organization that seeks to help victims and survivors of exploitation by psychotherapists and other healthcare providers find the support and resources they will need to understand what has happened to them, take action, and heal.

WITNESS
WITNESS is the professional boundaries charity. WITNESS aims to promote safe boundaries between professionals and the public in order to prevent abuse. We do this by providing support, education and research services and by working for change. (Based in the U.K.)

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General Abuse Resources

1in6
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. This includes providing resources for people who care about them.

Childhelp
Childhelp® exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

Faith Trust Institute
FaithTrust Institute is an international, multi-faith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. We provide communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge they need to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse. Founded in 1977 by the Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, FaithTrust Institute offers a wide range of services and resources, including training, consultation and educational materials.
~Marie Fortune’s Blog
Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune offers analysis and commentary on issues that concern the work of FaithTrust Institute.

Hopeline from Verizon
Our program connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and protects the environment. You can help victims of domestic violence simply by donating your no-longer-used phone. Visit the website for more details.

Joyful Heart Foundation
The Joyful Heart Foundation works to foster a community that turns toward the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Such a community, empowered with knowledge, courage and compassion, can support survivors of this violence and engage in an open dialogue about how to collaboratively end the cycle of violence and abuse.

HAVOCA – Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse
HAVOCA provides information, support and advice for adults who have been affected by childhood abuse.

MaleSurvivor.org
MaleSurvivor is committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.

Pandora’s Project
Pandora’s Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, support, and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family. Pandora’s Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through our online support group, Pandora’s Aquarium. Our online support group includes a message board, chat room, and blogs. It is free to join and is safely moderated by a diverse group of survivors.

RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
The nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. 24/7 online hotline.

The Survivor Manual
The Angela Shelton Foundation runs The Survivor Manual. The mission is to inspire and empower all survivors of abuse to heal and lead joyful lives and provide the answers needed to do so.

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Psychological Resources

The Narcissist in Your Life
Information about the book Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life by Linda Martinez-Lewi, Ph.D., articles, blog and more.

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Resources for Clergy and Spiritual Abuse

Abuse Tracker
A digest of links to media coverage of clergy abuse, brought to you by BishopAccountability.org.

Adults Abused By Clergy
The Silent Majority: Adult Victims of Sexual Exploitation by Clergy

The Awareness Center
The International Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault (JCASA)

The Awareness Center Blog

Baylor University – Clergy Sexual Misconduct Study
This site is for survivors, congregations, religious leaders, and researchers who want to understand and prevent clergy sexual misconduct with adults.

Bishop Accountability
Documenting the abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church

Educating to End Abuse — Giving Victims a Voice
Grass-roots efforts in Wichita, Kansas — Educating to end abuse of children and adults, perpetrated by religious leaders.

The Hope of Survivors
The Hope of Survivors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting victims of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct, as well as providing educational and informational materials and seminars to pastors and churches of every denomination, worldwide. The Hope of Survivors also operates a Renewal Center where victims may attend in-house programs to further their healing.

The Hope of Survivors is a registered California nonprofit corporation and is authorized to conduct business in the states of Iowa, Ohio and Texas as a foreign corporation under the same name. La Esperanza de los Sobrevivientes, the Latino Division of The Hope of Survivors, is registered in the state of Texas. The Hope of Survivors also maintains official offices with volunteer staff in Australia, Canada, the UK and Romania.

This Little Light – Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang
Blog for Christa Brown’s book

Pokrov
A resource for survivors of abuse in the Orthodox churches.

SNAP – The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the nation’s largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others). We are an independent and confidential organization, with no connections with the church or church officials. We are also a non-profit, certified 501 (c) (3) organization. And we are here to help.

Stop Baptist Predators (the website)
Shining light on Baptist clergy sex abuse.

Stop Baptist Predators (the blog by Christa Brown)
Shining light on Baptist clergy sex abuse: reflections of a Southern Baptist survivor.

Tim Fischer
Website and Blog “it’s about me” by a survivor of clergy abuse.

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Online Media

Sex in the Forbidden Zone – 3 videos (YouTube)
Documentary explores abuse by psychological therapists and lack of regulation.

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    • Hi Leslie. I am sorry this has happened to you. There are a number of resources on the site that you can explore some of the options you may have. Sometimes reading what others have gone through is useful in thinking about where you might go from here.

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