The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN provides live help for survivors sexual violence that is free, confidential and secure. Operation is 24 hours a day. Volunteers and staff at this call center are trained on issues surrounding sexual violence and can provide support and information about individual or group counseling, medical attention, reporting a crime to law enforcement as well as many other services.
RAINN Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
RAINN Online Chat
Medical & Legal Advocacy and Counseling
Locate the sexual assault crisis center nearest to you.
Safe Helpline services are provided by RAINN through a contract with the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office — however, your information will remain confidential. RAINN will not share your name or any other personally identifying information with SAPRO or your chain of command.
FAQs and Other Information
Frequently Asked Questions From Survivors
On this page you will find information about the resources we provide and both the rationale and the research behind our mission and vision. We include information about what, in our perspective, constitutes an embodied approach to healing, how holistic healing practices differ from and also complement conventional health, wellness, and medical practices, exploring resilience and nonlinear healing, describing trauma-informed care, understanding the spectrum of sexual violence and sexual trauma, and more. For a summary of our services and information about our work, you are also welcome to download this pdf copy of our brochure.
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Frequently Asked Questions From Practitioners
Are you curious about joining The Breathe Network and interested in how aligning your practice with our organization might benefit your work? Would you like to learn more about our strategy to connect survivors across the country with sliding-scale, trauma-informed, holistic health and healing practitioners? Are you a conventional healthcare provider (medical doctor, dentist, physical therapist, etc.) who holds interest in bringing a more trauma-informed approach to your work?
We have compiled a list of questions from health and healing professionals that we have received with the most frequency. Read on to learn more about the application process, experience and education expectations, trauma training, and support we offer our to our members.
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Resources for Healing & Learning
How a person is impacted by sexual trauma can be very much connected to how other experiences of individual, collective, and historical trauma has accumulated in their body and psyche. This can include direct or intergenerational experiences and impacts of white supremacy, racism, colorism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, and cissexism. In truth, most survivors are handling the residue of a combination of multiple forms of trauma and oppression.
We encourage our community to recognize how sexual violence is interconnected with and compounded by other forms of harm. We invite you to look at the many other aspects of identity and life circumstances that influence vulnerability to sexual violence, how people (including first responders, advocates, and healers) respond to survivors, and how survivors are or are not able to access trusted and supportive systems of care.
There are an increasing number of organizations and practitioners who focus on ensuring healing for specific groups of survivors who have been under-resourced by mainstream health and healing institutions and providers. This includes trans survivors, male survivors, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color survivors, queer survivors, survivors with disabilities, undocumented survivors, incarcerated survivors, and more. Many of these organizations not only provide direct services, yet also training and education.
Below you will find an ever-growing list of resources that includes individuals and organizations whose work helps to provide historical and social context for the epidemic of sexual violence and how survivors are impacted, as well as resources to assist survivor communities in accessing healing, safety, and belonging.
Embodied Anti-Racist Education (Resmaa Menakem)
Articles, Books & Videos:
The Ethics of Touch: The Hands-on Practitioner's Guide to Creating a Professional, Safe and Enduring Practice - Ben Benjamin and Cherie M. Sohnen-Moe
The Complexities of Self-Care After Sexual Assault - Molly Boeder Harris
The Imprints of Sexual Trauma: How the COVID-19 Pandemic May Trigger Survivors - Molly Boeder Harris
Practicing Embodied Boundaries - Molly Boeder Harris
Black Women's Triangulation of Rape - Kalimah Johnson
Stealing Children to Steal the Land - Naomi Klein
Healing Your Thousand Year Old Trauma - Resmaa Menakem
What Does A Parrot Know About PTSD? - Charles Siebert
Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self - Susan J. Brison
emergent strategy - adrienne maree brown
ReThinking Rape - Ann J. Cahill
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - Dr. Joy DeGruy
Fault Line - C. Desir
Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement - Ejeris Dixon (Editor) and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor)
Chakra Empowerment for Women - Lisa Erickson
Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit - Donna Farhi
Yoga for Emotional Balance - Bo Forbes
Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice - Paul Grilley
Sources and Expressions of Resiliency in Trauma Survivors: Ecological Theory, Multicultural Practice - Mary R Harvey (Editor) and Pratyusha Tummala-Narra (Editor)
Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma - Kathy L. Kain and Stephen J. Terrell
Lifting Heavy Things - Laura Khoudari
CARE WORK: Dreaming Disability Justice - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Trauma Stewardship - Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul - Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma - Peter A. Levine
In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness - Peter A. Levine
Prayers of Honoring Voice - Pixie Lighthorse
Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies - Renee Linklater
When the Body Says No - Gabor Maté
Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement - Jennifer Patterson (Editor)
Women Who Run with the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory - Stephen Porges
Lived Through This - Anne K. Ream
Invisible No More - Andrea J. Ritchie
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment - Babette Rothschild
The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency - Robert Scaer
Love with Accountability - Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Parenting from the Inside Out - Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell
The Body is Not an Apology - Sonya Renee Taylor
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma - Bessel A. Van der Kolk
Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society - Bessel A. Van der Kolk, Alexander C. McFarlane, Lars Weisaeth
Trauma and Beyond: The Mystery of Transformation - Ursula Wirtz
After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back - Nancy Venable Raine
Trauma-Informed Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault - Zabie Yamasaki
How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime - Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Building Accountable Communities: A National Gathering on Transforming Harm - adrienne maree brown, Shira Hassan, Mimi Kim, Priya Rai, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha, Amita Swadhin & Ejeris Dixon
The Urgency of Intersectionality - Kimberlé Crenshaw
About The Breathe Network
Users of The Breathe Network’s resources assume responsibility for evaluating and selecting the providers included in our network. Please discuss your specific needs with the provider to determine whether they have the skills to assist you in your healing.
The Breathe Network, Inc. is organized as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, therefore the full amount of contributions made to our organization are deductible for federal income tax purposes.
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