Support Groups for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Center for Women and Community is offering the following support groups for survivors of sexual violence during the spring semester:

“Expression Through Movement and Art for Survivors of Sexual Violence.” Survivors of sexual violence sometimes feel numb in their physical bodies. Through movement, participants 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 participants feel the emotion in their bodies, there is a transition to release by creating art. Art journals are a powerful tool to document one’s journey of healing.

“Support, Connect, Heal” 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. The group will provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for survivors to share their experiences.

Both groups are open to all female-identified survivors of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse, regardless of age, race, ability, sexuality or religion.

Each participant must come in for a brief interview with group facilitators before the start of group. Funds are available for childcare. Call 545-0883 for more information or to schedule an intake interview.