Sexual Manipulation and Abuse Survivors (SMAS) is a fellowship of men, women and trans-genders who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover. The main requirement for membership is that the individual is a Survivor of sexual abuse and is willing to abide by group rules and principles. There are no dues or fees for SMAS membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. SMAS is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes outside the battle against the sexual abuse of children. Our primary purpose is to promote a healing environment for survivors of sexual abuse, facilitate the personal healing of each survivor based on group principles, assist ones still suffering and to raise public awareness to the problem. We welcome Survivors of any sexual orientation. A survivor is a person who as an infant, child or adolescent, has been or has reasons to suspect they might have been abused in the past (recollection for some is very foggy and at times completely suppressed). Sexual abuse as defined by SMAS may include, but is not limited to, being exposed to or made to watch sexual acts, incest, molestation of any kind (with objects or any part of the abusers or victims body), inappropriate touching, sexual manipulation and coercion (with or without active participation of the abuser), sexual domination, being made to perform/dance/exhibit sensually or sexually, and/or being raped (rape may be a physically violent attack or manipulative act leading to sexual intercourse). This group is less for individuals, however, who have suffered a single incident of sexual assault/rape as an adult or has been sexually abused or manipulated as an adult. Individuals seeking fellowship who do not fit the core definition of a member (but who have been sexually assaulted or raped), will be considered on an individual basis. Only an adult “survivor” at least 18 years of age may join SMAS.