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The Web Is Your Friend
As I sat working on this article, I thought about all the wonderful people that would read this. I wanted to include resources that will be beneficial for your personal use, no matter where you are from. You may find the information to be compelling enough to share as well. As a survivor, you might struggle with an opening to others about what was done to you. You may have one or few friends that know about it. However, I assume that if you’re reading this, you want more resources to help you start walking in this healing process. Although your friends have very good intentions and want to be there for you, it would be best to contact an agency with people who have been trained about this topic. Although most of the time these abuse agencies deal with emergencies within a household, such as domestic violence, you’d be surprised at the amount of information and connections they must help you. The best part about this is that you don’t even have to call if you don’t want to. You can always search for their contact information in the ‘About Us’ or ‘Contact’ and send them an email. You can also chat with the operators online and in some cases text.
Resources and Awareness Centers
They include information on how to connect with most of the organizations within the United States. If you’re interested in subscribing to their newsletter you can do so, and you can also support the organization by donating.
This is one of the most helpful websites out there. There’s a book list for both men and women survivors. And if you feel alone, then let me tell you this: you don’t have to because they also offer peer support. Not only that, would can also become a peer supporter, cheering on those who need encouragement in this journey.
I am blown away with the many resources included in this site. They include information of counseling centers and specific resources you can contact if you’ve been sexually abused in the past. If you hover on the section where it says Find Help in Your Country, a dropdown list will appear.
If you click on the tab Resources for Survivors, you will find a plethora of organizations and agencies that focus on helping men find freedom through counseling and awareness. The different organizations are from the US, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and UK.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This is a suicide prevention resource for the United States. If you feel more comfortable chatting with someone you can do so as well. You just must click on the link above and then click on the Chat Now button.
Suicide Stop International Help Center
This is a helpful website for our international friends. If you click on the link above, you will be able to select your country. If your country is not the main list, click on International Access (Chat from anywhere) button. Also, don’t forget to check out the Suicide Hotline and Online Therapy links at the bottom of the page.
I know reaching out may seem a bit intimidating because you don’t want to tell your business to people. However, if you don’t reach out, how will you live a healthy life? We can’t do life by ourselves and if there are trained operators and free information at the reach of your fingertips, it means there are people you don’t even know that are rooting for you. I hope these resources will help you connect with strangers throughout your journey. Who knows? You both might become the best of friends!!
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And you… You are Beautiful
PLQ Ambassador and Survivor