Survivors of Sexual Violence Support Groups

The Crisis Center offers several support groups to help survivors heal by relating and processing in a group setting.

Survivors of Sexual Violence Support Group offers a safe, non-threatening setting for survivors of sexual violence to talk and process their feelings within a group setting. Issues such as trust, anger, grief, coping and survival strategies, and self-esteem are addressed.

The support group provides a safe and confidential setting for survivors to share their feelings and thoughts with others who have experienced the same trauma. Group members learn positive coping skills from each other in order to move into the role of "survivors" rather than "victims."

Our goal is that each survivor that participates in the group meetings receives both practical and emotional support regarding their sexual assault, as well as a realization that the assault was not their fault and that their reactions to the assault are normal.

GUIDELINES

  • The group is for survivors of adult sexual assault who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Our group sessions are offered in two sessions: one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Once a session has begun, new enrollees must wait for the next session to begin participation.
  • Groups are typically between three and seven individuals.
  • The group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6 PM for a total of eight sessions.

To participate in this group, please call the Rape Response Counselor at (205) 323-7725 to set up your intake appointment. 

Male Survivors of Sexual Violence Support Group

Our Male Survivors of Sexual Violence Support Group will focus solely on men who have experienced sexual assault and seek to help these individuals process their trauma in a non-judgmental and supportive setting. The Crisis Center recognizes that men frequently struggle with seeking services because of the shame and guilt often associated with sexual assault. This group is designed with those experiences in mind.

GUIDELINES

  • For male adult survivors of sexual assault who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Groups are typically between five and seven individuals.
  • Groups meet twice a month for a total of eight sessions.

To participate in this group, individuals must contact our Rape Response staff to set up an intake appointment for the group appropriate to their healing needs.
Email: jmitchell@crisiscenterbham.org
Phone: 205-458-8982

Secondary Survivors Support Group

Our Secondary Survivors of Sexual Violence Support Group exists to serve the loved ones of survivors of sexual assault. Crises rarely affect individuals exclusively, but may actually impact entire families and communities. This group is a safe space for secondary survivors to process their responses to the assault and to learn about how they can support themselves and their loved ones through the healing process.

  • For adult secondary survivors of sexual assault who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Groups are typically between five and seven individuals.
  • Groups meet once a month for a total of eight sessions.

To participate in this group, individuals must contact our Rape Response staff to set up an intake appointment for the group appropriate to their healing needs.
Email: jmitchell@crisiscenterbham.org
Phone: 205-458-8982

All Genders Survivors Support Group

Our All-Genders Survivors of Sexual Violence Support Group supports survivors of sexual assault of each and every gender, whether that is male, female, trans or non-binary. With such high rates of sexual assault reported in trans and non-binary communities, we understand the importance of a safe, welcoming and affirming group setting.

Appropriate for male, female, trans and non-binary individuals. 

  • For adult survivors of sexual assault of any gender who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Groups are typically between five and seven individuals.
  • Groups meet twice a month for a total of eight sessions.

To participate in this group, individuals must contact our Rape Response staff to set up an intake appointment for the group appropriate to their healing needs.
Email: jmitchell@crisiscenterbham.org
Phone: 205-458-8982