UMass Amherst Everywoman's Center

The Center for Women and Community

Support Groups For Survivors of Sexual Violence

  • Share Your Strength Storytelling Support Group
    The Share Your Strength storytelling support group is a space where female identified survivors will have the opportunity to share their stories and get support while supporting others to create a community of healing. In addition to creating a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space for each survivor to share her story, the group will discuss healing, breaking silence, coping, self care, isolation, trauma, and other topics that impact the lives of survivors. An informal intake interview with the group facilitators is required for each group member. Women of all abilities, ages, classes, ethnicities, orientations, races, and religions are welcome. Funds are available for childcare, and we will make any necessary accommodations if you are a person with a disabilitiy or require accommodation.

  • Expression Through Movement & Art for Survivors of Sexual Violence
    Survivors of sexual violence sometimes feel numb in their physical bodies. We support survivors ‚€œplaying the feeling‚€? through creative movement. Through movement we tap into the power of muscle memory, to embody an emotion that may be difficult for a survivor of rape and/or child sexual abuse. Once we feel the emotion in our bodies, we encourage a transition to release by creating art. Art journals are a powerful tool to document your own journey of healing. This group is open to all female identified survivors of rape, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse, regardless of age, race, ability, sexuality, or religion. Each participant will come in for a brief interview the group facilitators before the start of group. Funds are available for childcare.

  • Support Connect Heal: Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence
    This group is intended for survivors seeking to cope, connect, and heal with other survivors. With a focus on coping, group discussions will include topics such as shame, self-blame, relationships, breaking silence, anger, loss, self-worth and empowerment. This group will provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for survivors to share their experiences.

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