Books & Other Media

Public Libraries hold a number of books for survivors and MSSAT recommend the following:

“Victims No Longer: Men recovery from incest and other sexual abuse” by Mike LEW. Library ref; 362.89 LEW. A classic self help book dealing with male survivor issues, one of the first written in this field.

“Abused Boys: The neglected victims of sexual abuse” by Mic HUNTER. ref; 362.89 HUN. An excellent self help book, with a series of survivor stories.  Includes questions at the end of each chapter helping the reader relate the content to his own experience.

“Wounded Boys: Heroic Men: A man’s guide to recovering from child abuse” by Daniel Jay SONKIN. ref; 362.76 SON. Another well written work dealing exclusively with male survivor issues.

“Trauma and Recovery” by Judith L. HERMAN. Ref; 616.8521 HER. Authoritative work on all aspects of trauma and recovery. Written by a World renowned expert.

“The Invisible Wound: A new approach to healing childhood sexual abuse” by Wayne KRITSBERG. Ref 362.88 KRI. A wonderful book for those who wish to contact their inner child. Almost essential reading, as it is the child we once were that needs to do the healing work.

“Healing the Child Within” by Charles L. WHITFIELD. Ref 616.89 WHI. An excellent and well written book.  In depth discovery and recovery for adult children of dysfunctional families. Over 1 million copies sold.

“Healing the Shame that Binds You” by John BRADSHAW. Ref; 152.4 BRA. A bestseller in a series of books by Bradshaw about dysfunctional families.  Also available on audio tape.

“Child Abuse Trauma: Theory and Treatment of the Lasting Effects” by John N. BRIERE.  Ref; 616.8582 BRI. A book written for those who work with survivors (therapists) but extremely educational for those who can get their heads around the clinical words.


MSSAT maintains a small Library of books for clients’ use including:

  • Victims No Longer” and “Leaping upon the Mountains” both by Mike LEW
  • Abused Boys: The neglected victims of sexual abuse” by Mic HUNTER
  • Allies in Healing” by Laura DAVIS
  • The Courage to Heal” by Ellen BASS & Laura DAVIS
  • Growing up Gay in a Dysfunctional Family” by Rik ISENSEE

Book Review: The Chameleon Sings

The Chameleon Sings (Trafford Publishing 350 pages) is a biographical  journey spanning 70 + years of Survival and Healing, from childhood sexual abuse.
Author: Ben Nuttall-Smith

“This is a wonderful, evocative book about a very rough childhood and manhood – and surviving it.”

Margot Thomson, Retired Clinical Psychologist.

“I have read your story cover to cover, could not put it down …  an amazing read, highlighting the uniqueness of each human being’s life relating to God, neighbour, and self in their journey to wholeness.”

Father Tom Nicholson, Catholic priest

“Nuttall-Smith tells his story simply, thoroughly, and straightforwardly and offers many useful insights. He manages to leaven the tragedy and pathos with humour. For the hope that this offers, I recommend his book to all men.  I especially recommend it to members of men’s groups who are labouring with issues of personal recovery and fellowship.”

David C. Manning  Professional Counsellor (retired) and Leader of Men’s  Groups


Other Reviews

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