Support groups are on going and offered year round, by trained and skilled facilitators.
Anyone interested in attending one of the five support groups offered by the program
should call (352) 264-6760 or Toll Free #1-866-252-5439, for meeting dates and times.
(Helping Empower And Recover Through Sharing) ages 13 -17 - this group provides
a supportive environment for teen victims of sexual violence. Counselors encourage
survivors to express emotions by validating feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment
etc. in a non-judgmental environment of acceptance. Transportation provided.
(Homicide Survivors Uniting Recovering Through Support) Provides a safe and supportive
environment to share and explore feelings with others who are also suffering the
loss of a loved one by an act of violence. Counselors strive to assist survivors
with feelings associated with the unique grieving process following the tragedy
of a sudden, unexpected violent death.
(Male Survivors of Rape Trauma) Provides a safe and supportive environment for men
to share and explore feelings that deal with recovery from sexual violence. Group
sessions typically focus on a variety of issues related to the assault, including:
effects of the rape on self-esteem, how to resolve strong reactions like confusion,
fear, embarrassment, self-blame, guilt, and alienation, and how to heal and move
on after an assault. M.S.O.R.T. offers support, confidentiality, and comfort in
dealing with these difficult issues. Facilitators emphasize strict confidentiality
as a rule of group and a condition of membership.
(Passages through Addiction and Trauma to Healing) A 12-week support group for prostitutes
who are incest survivors, victims of sexual battery and substance abusers. The primary
function of the group is to provide non-judgmental support, nurturing and insight
into the connection of childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse, prostitution
and substance abuse. The group applies a holistic approach to empowering women from
a cycle of street violence and victimization into a life of self-respect and productivity.
(Survivors of Rape Trauma) focus on empowering members to regain control of their
lives, reclaim their voices and revitalize the spirit in a safe and supportive environment.
Trained rape crisis counselors provide an atmosphere of individual attention coupled
with compassion. All group members adhere to strict rules of confidentiality.
(Teaching Learning Caring) ages 9-12 -provides a warm, caring and accepting environment
for child survivors of sexual violence. Discussions coupled with hands on creative
art, workbook activities and therapeutic games encourage expression of feelings
and emotions associated with sexual abuse.