It is almost impossible to turn on the news, read an article, scroll past a post on social media without seeing a story about a women’s experience with sexual assault. Sexual assault is not new to society, but with the emergence of the #MeToo movement and more survivors sharing their stories, we are seeing just how common this experience is for so many.
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), 1 out of every 6 women in the United States will be a victim of sexual assault at some point during their life.
The effects of sexual assault can be detrimental to the survivor, leading to long-term physical and mental health problems including: depression, PTSD, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, etc. These long-term effects can cause significant distress and disruption in all areas of the survivor’s life, which can make healing and recovery challenging, but not impossible.
Sexual assault survivors need a safe place that offers healing, support and resources. Here at Safe Harbor, we offer a safe and welcoming space, believe each client without question or judgment, and normalize the reactions and feelings that occur after trauma. Our counselors walk alongside each survivor and help to them to heal and rebuild their life. All of our services are offered free of charge to the survivor.
We will be offering a 12-week educational trauma recovery support group for female survivors of sexual assault, whether experienced in childhood, adulthood, or both starting on May 13, 2019.
This group will focus on healing and recovering from sexual assault and address the unique experiences and effects this abuse can cause on survivors. If you or someone you know is interesting in joining this group, please call 804-249-9470 ext. 12.