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Out of the Basement: Beyond Surviving Sexual Assault

ISBN: 9781643435596
Binding: Paperback
Author: Deborah K. Halvorson
Pages: 184
Trim: 5 x 8 inches
Published: 04/02/2024

Sexual assault—any sexual assault—is a violation of the mind, body, and spirit. It leaves behind a residue of shame and self-blame as well as the sense that we are never safe. Many of us retreat to a basement—a protective but limiting world where we try to escape the memories, the feelings, the emotions.

Out of the Basement is an invitation for survivors to step into the light and follow the healing path of BE, DO, SHARE. At the heart of this journey is a five-step process of personal reflection and contemplation. These steps are based upon the healing sojourn of author Deborah K. Halvorson and of the countless survivors she has connected with personally and professionally.

From here, our journey leads us to helpful guidelines to create safe and supportive healing communities. And at last, our journey culminates with a collection of deeply personal and uplifting stories from survivors who have gone ahead on this path.

Profound yet practical, straightforward yet eloquent, Out of the Basement is an invitation to access our inherent courage, resilience, and strength. To learn how to live beyond surviving. To step into healing, hope, and empowerment. To rediscover who we truly are and reclaim what was taken from us.


Deborah K. Halvorson is the owner and founder of Through the Jungle, LLC, a life coaching business. Deb is a certified co-active coach, a certified trauma informed coach, and an associate certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. Her lived experiences, forming the backbone of her book, offer a resonant blueprint for healing.


"If you have been sexually assaulted or if you think you may have been sexually assaulted, you will find yourself walking along with Deborah, step by step, through your journey of expanding awareness into wellness." - Sherod Miller, PhD, coauthor of Awareness Wheel Workbooks

"With candor, strength, and hope, Out of the Basement is a clear and practical guide to recovery from sexual assault. Halvorson's voice promotes safety and courage. If you or someone you know is in need of healing from sexual assault, this is a must-read!" - Sharon E. Preves, PhD, professor of sociology and director of public health sciences at Hamline University, author of Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self and Classic and Contemporary Perspectives in Social Psychology

"Out of the Basement brings the reader on a healing journey without judgments, labels, or promises. It's an invitation for survivors to reclaim all parts of themselves taken by the perpetrator. This book brings home the message so many survivors need to hear: we are not alone—we heal together." - Dawn E. McClelland, PhD, LP, cofounder and director at Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing

"Out of the Basement is not an ordinary read—it is an experience. Never has a book known my inner world so deeply. It catalyzed a level of healing I didn't realize I needed, much less believed was possible. It is." - Megan, survivor