Matt Atkinson is a domestic and sexual violence response professional with a background in work with trauma survivors. He has directed programs to prevent domestic and sexual violence, where he developed and implemented programs with schools, colleges, women's prisons, university sports teams, churches, and Indian tribes. 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 professional peers. In 2006 he began to teach college courses on domestic violence and crisis intervention as an adjunct professor. He also regularly presents trainings at workshops and conferences. In 2009, Matt held a series of all-day training workshops for therapists, funded through grants and organized by the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The methods presented in "Resurrection After Rape" were taught to rooms packed to capacity with crisis workers and therapists. Matt has directed a project to implement more than fifteen new rape crisis response programs to serve rape victims in rural and remote areas where such services had previously been unavailable. This project included the training of law enforcement, attorneys, victims' advocates, counselors, and program directors. Through this effort, several dozen nurses have also been trained to provide specialized medical care to victims of sexual assault. From 2009-2015, Matt and his wife hosted a first-of-its-kind innovative "healing retreat" for survivors, which has become an annual event that attracts women from around the world. The event is designed around the concept that both spirituality and supportive friendships are essential aspects of recovery from trauma. In 2011, his book "Letters To Survivors: Words of Comfort for Women Recovering from Rape" received three prestigious publishing awards. Matt continues to speak at trainings and universities. Matt lives in the Rocky Mountains, is an accomplished artist, and he is married and has two sons.
NEWS: 2017: My new book, Expecto Patronum: Using the Lessons from Harry Potter to Recover From Abuse, is done! A family services program in Nebraska is using "Resurrection After Rape" as its guide book for a 24-week intensive counseling program with its clients October 2016: The Republic of (South) Korea has begun using "Resurrection After Rape" (translated into Korean in its entirety) as a government-provided guide for counselors, psychiatrists, and therapists who work with sexual assault victims, through the Ministry of Family and Gender Equality of the Korean Government. "We believe your book will be of good help for people and organizations that are engaged in problems of sexual assault and domestic violence." August 2016: "Resurrection After Rape" has been selected by Helping Save, a survivors' crisis program in Utah, as a resource for working with clients. July 2016: Portions of "Resurrection after Rape" is being translated into Russian, to be used with survivors in Russia. "Maybe you will be surprised, but all professionals here know your work, and your book had a pretty big impact on the methods of working with sexual violence survivors here." June 2016: "A Parent's Guide to Helping a Daughter Who Has Been Raped" is being translated into Hungarian, to be used in clinics working with survivors in Eastern Europe. April 2016: Invited speaker at Allies Against Slavery summit on human trafficking May 2015: The SEVENTH Survivors' Healing Retreat in Oklahoma! April 2015: A rape crisis center in New Zealand has adapted my writings for use with new clients March 2015: A rape crisis center in Georgia has received a grant to purchase "Resurrection After Rape" and "Letters To Survivors" in bulk, as resources for working with new clients December 2015: I was interviewed live for a nationwide First Nations radio show n Canada about the impacts of, and recovery from, sexual assault September 2014: I will deliver a plenary and breakout training session for a Victim's Justice conference in Iowa June 2014: I have been invited to conduct a training for victims' advocates and counselors for three Native American tribes. May 2014: The SIXTH Survivor's Healing Retreat was held in Oklahoma! April 2014: I have been chosen as one of the "Feminists We Love" by the Feminist Wire February 2014: "Resurrection After Rape" is in use by the Canadian Correctional System. February 2014: I have been invited to be the keynote speaker for One Billion Rising, for the second consecutive year. January 2014: Two more rape crisis centers have chosen "Resurrection After Rape" a their programs' primary treatment guide. June 2013: A counseling program in Canada has chosen my booklet, A Parent's Guide to Helping a Daughter Who Has Been Raped, as a resource for their clients. June 2013: My article at The Feminist Wire: "False Purity Notions Can Affect Victims' Responses to Trauma" June 2013: I will be part of a training for an Indian Country Conference in Iowa. My topic will be "Responding to myths about domestic and sexual violence." April 2013: As part of "Sexual Assault Awareness Month," two rape crisis centers chose to stage public readings of "Letters To Survivors." One program enlisted volunteer survivors to read a selection from the book, and the other had survivors read the book aloud in its entirety. Spring 2013: "Resurrection After Rape" was selected as the primary treatment resource of a rape crisis counseling program in Minnesota! February 14, 2013: I was the featured speaker for the Oklahoma "One Billion Rising" event, to honor survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking. Fall 2012: "Resurrection After Rape" was selected as the primary treatment resource of a Native American rape crisis counseling program in Oklahoma! Fall 2012: "Resurrection After Rape" was selected as the primary treatment resource of a rape crisis counseling program in Massachusetts! Fall 2012: I provided a full-day intensive training about PTSD from rape to a treatment center. Registration filled to capacity, and the event was relocated to accommodate more therapists wanting to attend. Summer 2012: The University of Wisconsin-Stout hosted me to provide two full-day training events for their campus staff, local rape crisis program, and faith community. Summer 2012: I was the featured guest on a national radio talk call-in show to discuss domestic violence. Spring 2012: "Letters To Survivors" was included in a Huffington Post article slideshow on "Books that have changed lives" (link inactive, or I would post it here--sorry!) Fall 2011: I provided an online seminar about the myth of false rape reports to the staff of every rape crisis center in Colorado. Fall 2011: Conference presentation: "Media Sexism and the Public's Response to Rape"