I’m excited to announce a new Survivors Group program is starting on Wednesday, November 4th! This is a group for female adult (age 18+) survivors of child sexual abuse (abuse occurring at age 14 and younger). The Group will meet every Wednesday for 8 weeks from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The weeks of 11/23 and 12/21 will meet on Monday at the same time. The cost of the group is $50 per session, and will take place at 1125 Howe Street in Vancouver, BC. Please contact for more details, if you’d like to sign up, or if you have referrals: https://livwellness.ca/contact-helen/
Week 1: Breaking the Silence Establish group rules. Share story of CSA in safe, supportive environment.
Week 2: Where are you now? Take inventory of and normalize effects of CSA on life and current functioning, learn stages of healing, make commitments for group.
Week 3: Expressing Anger Establish anger as normal, empowering emotion. Explore healthy ways to channel that anger.
Week 4: What Happened Define trauma narrative on own terms.
Week 5: Establishing my Skills Honoring what was done to survive with tools given. Identifying and choosing coping skills moving forward, employing self-care.
Week 6: Writing my Future Who am I, where do I want to be, and how will I get there.
Week 7: Boundaries Incorporating healthy boundaries into coping/self-care and future plan.
Week 8: Celebrating You Celebrating group’s hard work and persistence, reflecting on group process, challenges and triumphs.
Facts about CSA:
• Definition: All sexual touching between an adult and a child is sexual abuse. Sexual touching between children can also be sexual abuse when there is a significant age difference between the children or if the children are very different developmentally or size-wise. Sexual abuse does not have to involve penetration, force, pain, or even touching. If an adult engages in any sexual behavior (looking, showing, or touching) with a child to meet the adult’s sexual needs or interest, it is sexual abuse. Most often child sexual abuse is a gradual process and not a single event (from StopItNow.org).
• Experts estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused in the United States.
• 88% of women who have experienced sexual abuse suffer from a chronic health condition.
• 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
Words from Past Participants:
“Trust me when I say this will sometimes be very painful and difficult, but there is a light. You will discover in yourself a better awareness of why you feel the way you do, how you can put these feelings in perspective. Most of all you will realize you are not alone.”
“Stick with the group and you too will grow strong and confident. This is a place of unconditional love.”
“After going through this course, I feel comfortable in my own skin. I have a calm confidence that gives me ease. I believe in myself, and I am not afraid to show my true colors. I feel like I understand what happened to me and how the pieces of my life fit together.”
“Trauma has a lot less power on my life. I have a lot more power on my life.”
“I will no longer allow anyone else to define who I am and where I’m going.”