for survivors, their friends and families

After the Fall deals with some heavy issues, particularly rape and sexual assault. As an assault survivor, I know how important the support of friends and family can be -- and that it's not always available. Though I would love to provide that support for readers, I'm not qualified to offer it, so I've compiled a list of resources, plus books and music that may provide inspiration, comfort, and/or understanding.

Take care of yourself, and each other.



Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)
24/7 telephone hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
Bilingual online hotline: or
Live chat also available

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Spanish: 1-888-628-9454
TTY: 800-799-4889

Love Is Respect
bilingual 24/7/365 hotline: 1-866-331-9474
TTY: 1.866.331.8453
Text: loveis to 22522
24/7 online chat

The Trevor Project
24/7 hotline: 866-488-7386
Chat and text support available during limited hours
Serving LGBTQ young people ages 13-24

other resources

The Dougy Center: The National Center For Grieving Children and Families
“The mission of The Dougy Center is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.”

Know Your IX
“Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led organization that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools.”

Men Can Stop Rape
“[S]eeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.”

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
“[A] comprehensive and easily accessible online collection of full-text, searchable materials and resources on domestic violence, sexual violence and related issues.”

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
“The NSVRC’s Mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.”

Not Alone: Together Against Sexual Assault
“Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault.”  Resource page includes information for survivors who are people of color, Native, LGBTQ, disabled, immigrant, male, and more.

Take Back The Night
“Our mission … is to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse, and all other forms of sexual violence.



please note
This list is sourced from twitter suggestions and other lists. I have not read all of these books and cannot vouch for their quality. Your mileage may vary, and obviously trigger warnings apply.


rage and rebellion and ready for a change
in no particular order. not a comprehensive list, just a bunch I like.

a girl like that by tanaz bhathena after the fall by kate hart all the rage by courtney summers allegedly by tiffany jackson asking for it by louise o'neill Beautiful Music for Ugly Children  by Kirstin Cronn-Mills   Because I Am Furniture  by Thalia Chaltas   Blood Water Paint  by Joy McCullough Bone Gap  by Laura Ruby   Boy Toy  by Barry Lyga  Charm & Strange  by Stephanie Kuehn Cracked Up to Be  by Courtney Summers Damsel  by Elana K. Arnold  Dreadnought (Nemesis, #1)  by April Daniels Dreamland  by Sarah Dessen  Every Last Promise  by Kristin Halbrook Exit, Pursued by a Bear  by E.K. Johnston Faking Normal (Faking Normal, #1)  by Courtney C. Stevens Fault Line  by Christa Desir   Girl in Pieces  by Kathleen Glasgow Girl Made of Stars  by Ashley Herring Blake  Girls Like Us  by Gail Giles  Honor Code  by Kiersi Burkhart Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration  by Rose Brock (Editor) I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This  by Jacqueline Woodson I Stop Somewhere  by T.E. Carter Identical by Ellen Hopkins If I Was Your Girl  by Meredith Russo Last Night I Sang to the Monster  by Benjamin Alire Sáenz  Lessons from a Dead Girl  by Jo Knowles Leverage  by Joshua C. Cohen Little Do We Know  by Tamara Ireland Stone Live Through This  by Mindi Scott Moxie  by Jennifer Mathieu Out of Darkness  by Ashley Hope Pérez The Perks of Being a Wallflower  by Stephen Chbosky   Pointe  by Brandy Colbert Sadie  by Courtney Summers   Saints and Misfits  by S.K. Ali Scars  by Cheryl Rainfield Sold  by Patricia McCormick   Some Girls Are  by Courtney Summers Speak  by Laurie Halse Anderson  Symptoms of Being Human  by Jeff Garvin The Female of the Species  by Mindy McGinnis The Gospel of Winter  by Brendan Kiely The Mockingbirds (The Mockingbirds, #1)  by Daisy Whitney The Nowhere Girls  by Amy Reed The Opposite of Innocent  by Sonya Sones The Pain Eater  by Beth Goobie   The S-Word  by Chelsea Pitcher The Truth About Alice  by Jennifer Mathieu The Way I Used to Be  by Amber Smith  This Is Where the World Ends  by Amy Zhang   Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft -- see stories by Nova Ren Suma and Elizabeth May Tradition  by Brendan Kiely  Uses for Boys  by Erica Lorraine Scheidt What Happens Next  by Colleen Clayton What We Saw  by Aaron Hartzler Where the Stars Still Shine  by Trish Doller Wrecked  by Maria Padian You Against Me  by Jenny Downham

For more suggestions:

#MeToo: A YA Reading List by Dahlia Adler at Barnes & Noble
Sexual Assault, Rape, and Dating Violence in Young Adult Fiction by Wrapped Up In Books
#MeToo YA Books by Johnson County Library
SYVA Project Index at School Library Journal
List at Goodreads