The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault will be kicking off a new support group, reaching out to those adults who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), there are around 7,788,000 Americans who were victimized as children. This group seeks to reach adults in the Rappahannock area for the primary purpose of providing them with support from individuals who have similar experiences. Over the eight weeks of the group sessions, participants will be encouraged to identify ways that the assault(s) has affected their lives, their relationships, and perceptions.
The goal of this group will be to identify where participants are in their lives, how their experiences have brought them there, and identify where they want to go from here. The group will consist of eight sessions, running from October 5-November 23; and will last for one hour each Tuesday evening. This group will be facilitated by Megan Jaquith; and is free of charge, however, an intake appointment must be scheduled prior joining.
As the group facilitator, what I love most about group therapy is the opportunity that each participant has to grow themselves and aid in other participants’ healing processes. It always amazes me how group participants bond over their shared experiences, and people realize how far they have come by motivating another member.