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Matt Atkinson is a Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional. He has worked as a director of prevention of domestic and sexual violence at a crisis center, where he developed and implemented programs with women’s prisons, university sports teams, churches, schools, and Indian tribes. Matt has also counseled youth and adults, including more than 500 Survivors of rape.

In 2004, he became the first male given the National Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

In 2005 he was awarded “Most Therapeutic” by his colleagues. In 2006 he began to teach university courses on domestic violence and crisis intervention. In 2010, he wrote “You Can Take Your Power Back: A Guide To Your Rights After Rape,” a booklet distributed to thousands of victims. In 2011, he wrote a Guide for Male Survivors and the booklet, "A Mans Guide to Helping a Woman Who Has Been Raped," which have been distributed to crisis centers and individuals nationwide. He is regularly sought as a presenter/trainer at workshops and conferences.

Starting in 2009, Matt directed a project to implement more than twenty new Sexual Assault Response Teams to serve victims of sexual violence, which included special trainings for advocates, law enforcement, tribal programs, crisis center staff and administrators, clinicians, and more than 100 new nurses trained as Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners. He also developed an innovative annual Spiritual Healing Retreat for Survivors which draws participants from around the world (see www. for info).

Matt has two Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Art/ Human Physiology, Behavioral Science, and Social Work. He is an accomplished artist (see his personal website here), and he is very happily married to the most amazing woman in the world, and has two incredible sons.

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Audio Interview with Matt on "Shrinkwrap Radio - Psychology Podcast" about therapy for rape trauma

Interview with Matt about philosophy, the needs of Survivors, and the book "Resurrection After Rape"

Also available:

Resurrection After Rape: A Guide to Transforming from Victim To Survivor





Taught in college courses, used in treatment centers across America, and presented in trainings and conferences to victims' advocates - Resurrection After Rape is the gold standard for books on recovery from rape trauma!