*Some of the books and film below contain graphic content that may be triggering. Please read and/or view with discretion. If you are in crisis and would like to speak with a sexual assault advocate, please call (320) 251-4357. Advocates are available 24/7 to speak with you. *

Sexual Violence

  • The Courage to Heal by Laura Davis
  • The Sexual Healing Journey by Wendy Maltz
  • The Year After: A Memoir; by Ashley Warner 
  • After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back; by Nancy Venable Raine
  • Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery; by Patricia Weaver Francisco
  • Resurrection After Rape by Matt Atkinson
  • Letters to Survivors by Matt Atkinson

Mental Health

  • Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody
  • Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody
  • Healing The Shame That Binds You by John Bradshaw


  • The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
  • Trauma & Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence- From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman
  • The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships by Patrick Carnes

 Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking

  • Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution by Rachel Moran
  • Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
  • Sex Trafficking: Inside The Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara
  • Walking Prey: How America’s Youth Are Vulnerable To Sex Slavery by Holly Austin Smith
  • The Natashas: The Horrific Inside Story of Slavery, Rape, and Murder Inside The Global Sex Trade by Victor Malarek
  • The Johns: Sex For Sale & The Men That Buy It by Victor Malarek

Rape Culture & Pornography

  • Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture- and What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding
  • *Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality by Gail Dines
  • Transforming A Rape Culture edited by Emilie Buchwald, Pamela Fletcher & Martha Roth
  • The Gender Knot: Unraveling The Patriarchal Legacy by Allan Johnson
  • *Pornified by Pamela Paul
  • Your Brain On Porn by Gary Wilson
  • *The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women & How All Men Can Help by Jackson Katz
  • *Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity by Robert Jensen
  • American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales
  • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
  • Pornography: Men Possessing Women by Andrea Dworkin*

Men’s Resources

  • Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Child Sexual Abuse by Mike Lew
  • *The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women & How All Men Can Help by Jackson Katz
  • *Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity by Robert Jensen

 Domestic/Intimate Partner Abuse

  • Why Does He Do That? Inside The Minds of Angry & Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft
  • The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans

 Sexual/Porn Addiction

  • Your Brain On Porn by Gary Wilson
  • Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age by Robert Weiss
  • The Porn Trap by Wendy Maltz
  • Don’t Call It Love or Out of the Shadows by Patrick Carnes
  • Facing The Shadows by Patrick Carnes (Workbook)

Social Change

  • Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community by Allyson Kapin & Amy Sample Ward

Recommended Films

  • Very Young Girls
  • *Tough Guise 2
  • *The Bro Code
  • *Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
  • The Mask You Live In
  • *Private Violence
  • *Human Trafficking


For questions and clarification on book content, please call CMSAC during business hours M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at (320) 251-4357. To request that a book or film be added to this list, please email us at cmsac@cmsac.org.