First and most important for you to know: A support group can CHANGE YOUR LIFE.....I'm absolutely positive that it changed mine! My name is Debbie. I decided to start this group because I want women like myself to KNOW that they are not alone. My abuse happened over 30 years ago, and STILL I am surviving. STILL, I am coping. STILL I have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Do you find yourself (or others) saying, "you need to get ON with your life" "get OVER it!" Just because its over, and it happened a month ago, or a year ago, or 30 years ago.........doesn't mean that its OVER. Victims NEED to talk to others, to share, to listen, and realize they are not alone. THIS IS HOW YOU BECOME A SURVIVOR. From VICTIM to SURVIVOR! I did it! YOU can do it! If you are a women, any age, english speaking, and have been a victim of a sexual assault..........once or ongoing.... especially if the assault was incest...... then please..... PLEASE............ reach out to me. Lets form a healing group. What will we do? TALK. LISTEN. CRY. No pressure. no disclosure is required. YOU talk when you are ready. When I began, I felt like I had too many years of abuse to talk about. Too much pain. Too much held in emotions. I felt that if i started to speak or cry that I might not be able to stop. but I was wrong. I'm getting stronger every day. Now I speak up, and I speak out. I KNOW that you are out there. You are afraid. You are feeling guilty. You are feeling shame. Lets change that to: YOU FEEL EMPOWERED. This group will have an actual meeting place in Wolcott beginning in February on Thursday nights at 6:30. If you'd like to come, please let me know and I will give you details. If you can not come.......or if you are just not ready.......we can meet here. There is a message board where you can post, and other members can respond. We can meet in person each week on Thursday evenings, or we can meet here until you are ready. It's up to you. I am currently certified by Safe Haven of Waterbury for Crisis Intervention. I'd love to meet you.
Please note that you may not be ready for group if you are still in crisis. Sometimes it is best to seek one on one counseling for a period of time, and then group will be more helpful and useful for you, and you will be more open to the benifits of being in a group.