Tulip Invasion: Resources for Survivors
As I was contemplating this next blog, I kept thinking of the annoying tulip bulbs that keep popping up every year around this time in front of my house. Despite my effort to rid my flower bed of them, there they are, back with a vengeance. Whoever planted them before me has given me something that I can’t seem to get rid of. Although, I find them completely annoying and don’t feel as though they go with the symmetry of my garden space, they are a reminder of hope and renewed life. They at least show me that I can put my snow boots and hat away, which could possibly be wishful thinking. Nevertheless, I will stick with that and enjoy my happy place.
The NSVRC library has many wonderful materials that can aid in the hope and renewal process for survivors and for those working with survivors. Grace in the Shadows: A Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse to Hope and Healing by Denise Jackson presents a piece that gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse an inspirational story for hope and healing. The book combines human experience, clinical research, and statistics. It can be used by families helping children and for adults going through the recovery process. There is also an educational piece that describes behaviors of a pedophile, how to report abuse and ways to prevent it.
Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive by Howard Fradkin is a fantastic book written for male survivors who have experienced sexual abuse. It gives tools for overcoming the effects of trauma and ways for learning how to thrive. Each chapter challenges survivors to take another step in their healing process by leaving isolation behind. It also challenges stereotypes by replacing them with healthier messages. Survivors will read about how to make healthier choices that will better their relationships and how to better handle emotions. As well as, how to better job performance and how to thrive in their own lives.
The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis offers an inspiring and comprehensive guide for hope and healing for every woman who has experienced child sexual abuse. The authors provide clear explanations, suggestions, and support for the healing process. The book helps survivors to feel recognized and encouraged by first-person stories that are drawn from interviews and the authors' own work.
These are just a few of the examples that the NSVRC library has to offer in terms of hope and healing from abuse. I would highly encourage you to explore the many other resources we have to offer pertaining to these topics. As the tulip entourage haunts my flower bed each year, I will try not to hate them so much. Instead I will attempt to remember that they are showing me that new life has begun and that the hope for a beautiful spring is around the corner. Although, I will still continue to pull them out each year, perhaps I will give them a proper home someplace else where they can truly thrive.