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Sexual Abuse

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

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Reading List

Sexual abuse: adults abused as children

Bass, Ellen, & Davis, L. (1994). The Courage to Heal–3rd edition–Revised and Expanded: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. New York: Harper & Row.

Gil, Eliana (1984). Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and About Adults Abused as Children. New York: Dell.

Hunter, Mic (1991). Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse. New York: Fawcett.

Lew, Mike (1990). Victims No Longer: Men Recovering From Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse. New York: HarperCollins.

Sexual addition

Carnes, Patrick (1983). Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction. Minneapolis, MN: Compcare

Carnes, Patrick (1991). Don't Call it Love: Recovery from Sexual Addiction. New York: Bantam.

Web Resources

American Psychological Association: Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent.

MedlinePlus: Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is one form of child abuse. It includes a wide range of actions between a child and an adult or older child.

WebMD: Sex Addiction
The term "sexual addiction" is used to describe the behavior of a person who has an unusually intense sex drive or an obsession with sex. Sex and the thought of sex tend to dominate the sex addict's thinking, making it difficult to work or engage in healthy personal relationships