Sexual Assault Survivor Support Groups
Support groups are a free, non-judgmental, safe, and confidential way for survivors to move forward in their healing process after experiencing sexual assault. Support groups help survivors connect with other survivors, in a group setting, who have experienced similar situations. We get it! Talking about sexual violence can be difficult so we wanted to create a safe space for survivors to talk about something that is difficult with people who get it. The support groups are closed and run for a nine-week cycle. All support groups are facilitated on an as-needed basis. Therefore, if there is a need for a certain group and/or population, we will work towards creating a group for that need.
This group is offered on the University of Akron campus.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence and would like to join others in a support group setting, please contact Rape Crisis Center business line at (330) 374-0740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Offending Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups are also available for parents and caregivers of children who have experienced sexual assault. It’s understandable that it can be difficult navigating systems, understanding the effects of child sexual assault, and deciding what you can do as a parent or caregiver to help. While your child may be receiving support and help with the assault, it’s important to make sure you are taking care of yourself and remembering that you may also be affected by the assault. For some parents and caregivers, speaking with other parents and caregivers who have been through similar situations can assist in the healing journey.
If a child in your care has experienced a sexual assault and you would like to join others in a support group setting, contact the Rape Crisis Center business line at (330) 374-0740.
Intimate Partner Violence Group
The Battered Women’s Shelter offers free intimate partner violence support groups for survivors who are residents at our sister agency, the Battered Women’s Shelter. This group creates a safe and healthy environment, in which members can engage in the healing process. It is a four-week session that occurs once a week for one hour. Topics include: defining intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, coping skills, self-esteem, and identifying strengths. In this group, we also focus on educating group members on the cycle of abuse and the power and control tactics that abusers will utilize in an abusive relationship. These groups are facilitated on an as-needed basis.
If you are a resident at the Battered Women’s Shelter and are interested in the Intimate Partner Violence Support Group, please contact our business line at (330) 374-0740 or email email@example.com to receive more details.
Empowerment Support Group
The Empowerment support group is a free, educational group offered to organizations in the community. This support group focuses on educating vulnerable populations such as, people who are incarcerated and people who suffer from addiction on what sexual violence and intimate partner violence is, and how to seek support if they have experienced these issues. This educational group is comprised of a seven-week cycle and consists of some of the following topics; defining sexual violence and intimate partner violence, crisis and triggers, healthy relationships and boundaries, self-esteem and strengths, and bystander intervention.
If a community organization is interested in an advocate facilitating this support group at their organization, please contact our business line at (330) 374-0740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more details.