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Finding books at the library

Search databases by subject for books: Amazon database, hard to find books at abebooks. You can then look them up in the library catalog or in Worldcat (a database).

Online Libraries on sexual assault

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Lesson Plans on Sexual Assault

Coaching Boys Into Men Play book


Lesson plans from the film Rape is...


Positively informed


Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Gender-Based Violence - End Abuse


Advocates for Youth


Choose respect


Healthy relationships


Sexual violence resources and lesson plans


Lesson plans from planned parenthood - Safety First

Visual aids and handouts

Relationship of rapist to victim- a graph




Presentation resources- visual, film, audio

Public service announcements on rape and sexual assault

See also: films and music


RAINN public service announcements- "Lift Me Up"

This PSA is a hauntingly beautiful video accompanied by the song "Lift Me Up".

You can view the video at Road Less Travelled productions- see the tab work/commercials/RAINN- Try the low speed links.


  • Bottom link: Click on 'Crawl' (text) then click on 'low'

Description: A hauntingly beautiful video of a woman in the aftermath of assault with RAINN information scrolling beneath her. This version has no spoken words.

  • Middle link: Click on 'lift me up' then click on 'high'

Description: The middle one is the song with a video of the assault and the trauma she feels afterwards.

  • Top link: Click on 'Her story' then click on the symbol for the program you want to use.

Description: A verbal (spoken) story of how the assault occured. Very graphic.

You can also listen via audio to the song "Lift me up" by Bruce Springsteen

  • A longer version is available under 'films' from the main menu called 'unbroken'

Click on films and then click on 'unbroken'

Description: 9 minute film by Brad Furman

"Unbroken is haunting for an altogether different reason. This short film/PSA for the Rape Abuse Incest National Network concerns a young woman trying to hold herself together and confront her trauma after being sexually assaulted. Furman manages to strike an effective balance between beautiful, powerful images depicting a touchy subject without making it feel too 'slick' or music-videoesque. Information on how someone can report an assault is included." EInsiders

Unbroken is also available here.

SPEAK the movie - public service announcements, clips


Tori Amos for RAINN if you know of an audio version please contact me

Many more public service announcements here.



Macdonalds, John (2004). World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.

Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.

Sedney, Mary Anne, "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <http://gme.grolier.com> (February 1, 2006).

Burgess, A. D. & Holmstrom, . (1974). Rape trauma syndrome. Am J Psychiatry, 131(9), 981-6.

Seritan, A., (2005) Hysteria and the Mind-Brain Connection. Psychiatric Times, 52 (13), 41-42.

Schnurr PP. Friedman MJ. Bernardy NC. (2002) Research on posttraumatic stress disorder: epidemiology, pathophysiology, and assessment. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 58(8):877-89.



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