Reading List

October 14, 2022

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We’ve provided links to purchase many of our suggested readings, but you can also track them down at your local library or infoshop. Many of these books are out of print, so when available we’ve linked used copies. Otherwise, the library is probably the only way to go. Feel free to email us directly if you feel like addressing a specific situation and need advice on readings, or check out Philly’s Pissed archive of zines available for download.

Survivor Support

Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love is a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse
by Laura Davis
Powell’s Books

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
by Ellen Bass
Powell’s Books

The Domestic Violence Sourcebook
by Dawn Bradley Berry
Powell’s Books

Emotional Abuse Zine
by Support New York

Getting Free
by Ginny Nicarthy
Powell’s Books

Healing  Sex
by Stacie Haines

The Revolution Starts at Home
Ed. by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
South End Press

Sex on Your Terms
by Elizabeth Powell

Strategies for Survivors
by Philly Survivor Support Collective

Support Zine
by Cindy Crabb

Supporting a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Surviving Domestic Violence: Voices of Women Who Broke Free
by Elaine Weiss

Self Defense and Prevention

Back Off: How to Confront and Stop Sexual Harassment and Harassers
by Marty Langelan

Choices: Sexual Assault Prevention Workbook for Persons with Disabilities
by Ellen Shamen

Her Wits About Her: A Collection of Women’s Self-Defense Success Stories
by Denise Caignon and Gale Groves
Powell’s Books

Let’s Talk: Feminist Communication for Radicalizing Sex, Consent, & Interpersonal Dynamics (PDF)
by Support New York & Fuckin’ (A)

No is Not Enough: Helping Teenagers Avoid Sexual Assault
by Carol Adams, Jennifers Faye and Jan Loreen-Martin
Powell’s Books

Self Respect & Sexual Assault
by Jeanette Mauro-Cochrane

Self-Defense: The Womanly Art of Self-Care, Intuition and Choice
by Debbie Leung
Powell’s Books

Stopping Rape: Successful Survival Strategies
by Pauline Bart

Accountability/Transformative Justice

Here are some general readings on accountability and transformative justice that we like.  We have a much more extensive set of readings on different topics we use in our accountability processes, so feel free to email us for more specific resources in addition to the ones listed below.

4 Ways to Push Back against Your Privilege by Mia McKenzie
A great piece from Black Girl Dangerous a multi-faceted forum for expression that seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.

Accounting for Ourselves: Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes
Sexual assault and abuse continue to plague anarchist circles and spaces. In response, we’ve developed processes to hold each other accountable outside of the state. But why can’t we seem to get them right? Accounting for Ourselves, examines the context in which these community accountability models emerged, analyzes the pitfalls we’ve encountered in trying to apply them, and proposes new directions for our resistance

Challenging Men, Changing Communities: Reflections on Male Supremacy and Transformative Justice
Details the collective experience of forming CMS, organizing and facilitating a nine-month “Study-into-Action” group, and holding a public event (as well as some of the political analysis that brought us to this project). We bookend the essay with a detailed, first-person account of one of our experiences supporting an accountability process.

Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence
Over 200 pages in length, this mammoth document is for readers who are seeking a thorough examination of community accountability models and measures.

Gender Oppression-Abuse-Violence: Community Accountability in People of Color Progressive Movements
A report drafted in 2005 to develop community accountability politics, principles, processes, and practices which can extend beyond gender to address other forms of oppression.

It’s Down to This: Reflections, Stories, Experiences, Critiques, and Ideas on Community and Collective Response to Sexual Violence, Abuse, and Accountability
This zine collects a multitude of stories, reflections and articles—from advice on finding a therapist, written by a perpetrator who is in an accountability process, to articles describing what different accountability groups look like, to raw stories of the failure of radical communities to step up and offer support to survivors.

The Revolution Starts at Home
A classic anthology of readings that span not only community accountability but survivor support in radical communities.

Storytelling & Organizing Project
Audio clips and transcripts to use in work to intervene in interpersonal violence.

Taking the First Step: Suggestions for People Called Out for Abusive Behavior
This is the go-to reading of sorts for when you or someone you know is just being called out or coming to grips with the fact that you have caused harm.

Toward Transformative Justice
Generation 5’s foundational document outlining transformative justice theory and principles.

April 13, 2013