Activities for Survivors:

Write a love letter to yourself and mail it to yourself.
Collect quotes from family, friends, authors that contain positive affirmations and place them all over room/house.
Make an art piece that represents your past, present and future.
Buy a journal (or make your own) and spend time getting to know you.
Buy a journal with blank pages and write yourself love poems.

Treat yourself to one hour of silence a day (use this time to reflect, meditate, and breathe)
Use a digital camera to document your healing process (take self portraits, things that trigger you, your support system).
Draw out a family tree of your support system (make sure you include your family, friends, organizations that help you in your tree).
Create a small book; fill the book up with inspiring quotes, prayers, favorite drawings, names of people in your support system, photos that make you smile and laugh, places that make you feel safe. Keep this book with you at all times, so you can look at when you are not feeling as strong as you would like.
Create a dream catcher to help you through those sleepless nights (Native American tribe, Ojibwa believe that a dream catcher changes a person's dreams. Bad dreams will stay in the net, and good dreams will filter though) (materials needed: Suede cord 1/8mm wide, Wax cord, Metal ring, 9mm pony beads, Craft feathers, Crafters glue, Scissors and Cloths pin).

As a significant other (Friend, Family and Romantic Partner):

Rule #1: Take care of yourself before you help anyone else. As a significant other, you are a secondary victim, and you need to get help and process your own feelings about the sexual violence.
One of the most courageous steps for a survivor, is going to therapy for the first time. As a friend or significant other, if you research sexual assault counseling locations for survivor it will make these steps easier for the survivor.
Offer to go to therapy/police station with survivor to reduce the fear.
Create a self care packet (gift card to a local spa, journal, music, sleepy tea, candles) for yourself and the give to the survivor.
Send a “thinking of you” card.


Make a charm necklace or bracelet for a survivor (fill the charm of objects and quotes).
Attend a sexual assault month event in honor of the survivor.
Make a CD of the survivor’s favorite songs or affirmation songs.
Arte Sana
Arte Sana (art heals) is a national Latina-led nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence and other forms of gender-based aggressions and engage marginalized communities as agents of change.
Survivor Arts Foundation
A non-profit organization committed to empowering trauma survivors with effective expressive outlets via internet art gallery, outreach programs, national exhibitions, publications and development of employment skills.


V-Day: Until The Violence Stops V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.
The Voices and Faces Project is a national documentary project created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence, offering a sense of solidarity to those who have lived through rape and abuse while raising awareness of how this human rights and public health issue impacts victims, families and communities.
Witness is an international human rights organization that provides training and support to local groups to use video in their human rights advocacy campaigns.Beyond providing video cameras and editing equipment, WITNESS is committed to facilitating exposure for our partners' issues on a global scale.
Born into Brothels
“Born into Brothels” is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, India, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.

NO! The Rape
(feat. Story of a Rape Survivor) Produced and directed over a period of 11 years by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an incest and rape survivor, NO! is feature-length documentary that includes riveting testimonials from Black women rape survivor stories who defy victimization.
Documentary Rape Is…
(feat. Story of a Rape Survivor). While this feature looks at rape from a global and historical perspective, it focuses mainly on the domestic cultural conditions that make this human rights violation the most underreported crime in America.

Searching for Angela Shelton
Filmmaker Angela Shelton drives around the United States, surveying other Angela Sheltons. She discovers that 24 out of the 40 Angela Sheltons she speaks to are survivors of rape, childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic violence.