“Everyone heals in their own time and in their own way. The path isn’t always a straight line, and you don’t need to go it alone.”

– Zeke Thomas

There is not a “right” or “wrong” way to cope and heal after experiencing sexual violence and trauma. Each person’s healing journey will be unique to them. Whether you are looking to better understand symptoms you are experiencing, seeking coping strategies, or interested in learning more about trauma-focused therapy, the resources below may be a helpful place to start. 

For more support options, please view our Sexual Violence Resources page. 



"We Believe You" Guide

Created by OPEN staff, “We Believe You: Information on Trauma and Coping for Survivors of Sexual Violence” offers information on topics such as:

  • Grounding skills
  • The impact of trauma on the brain
  • Common reactions to sexual violence
  • Navigating relationships after sexual trauma
  • Ways to seek support

PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach is an interactive resource developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs for anyone experiencing effects of trauma. It was designed for individuals to learn about post-traumatic stress disorder and to create a ‘toolbox’ of techniques to help manage distressing symptoms.

Tools available on through PTSD Coach range from deep breathing and muscle relaxation guides, grounding techniques, positive self-talk strategies, to sleeping tips and more. The app is customizable and can integrate personal contacts, photos, and your favorite music into your coping toolbox. You can also track your progress over time, get individualized feedback, and get connected with support and other resources.

You can download the PTSD Coach App for free using the iOs App Store or GooglePlay, or check out the web-based version. 

Please note that PTSD Coach is not a direct substitute for therapy. 

Workbooks for Survivors

In collaboration with Northeastern University Libraries, OPEN has helped to curate a sexual violence virtual library that is now available to all Northeastern community members. Among these titles are various workbooks that may assist survivors in their healing. 

These books could be used on your own, or with a therapist. Check out all of the titles on OPEN’s Sexual Violence Virtual Library page.