Sexual Assault from A–Z

A Guide to Terminology and Resources for Survivors and their Allies

by Annie Novotny



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/4/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 56
ISBN : 9798823001830
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 56
ISBN : 9798823001847

About the Book

In the aftermath of a sexual assault, it is normal for survivors and those that support them to find it hard to define their experience or put their thoughts and feelings into words. It may be difficult to make decisions around how to move forward or begin the healing process. Navigating the responses of the health care system, legal system, justice system, in addition to family and community systems can be overwhelming for both survivors and their allies. This book is a brief but comprehensive guide of common terminology, statistics, and resources relating to the current rape-crisis movement. In an attempt to shine a light on the potentially confusing and re-traumatizing landscape of interventions that provide services to survivors, Sexual Assault from A-Z fosters empowerment and de-stigmatization in order to help survivors and their allies make sense of their experience of sexual assault, and to demonstrate to survivors that they are not alone.

About the Author

Annie Novotny is an artist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Registered Art Therapist, and educator. She facilitates art therapy and trauma counseling with individuals, couples, and groups within her private practice Roots and Rays Creative Counseling on Chicago’s Southwest side. Annie is a professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, attends to her own art practice, and mothers two young girls. Annie felt moved to create this text while working with Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma histories and sexual assault survivors- to serve as a tool to support and empower their recovery and healing process. Annie is a survivor herself, and wishes she had access to a text such as this when she was traversing the complex and arduous process of healing from the trauma of assault.