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. Our primary purpose is to promote a healing environment for survivors of sexual abuse, facilitate personal healing of each survivor based on our group principles, to help individuals still suffering and raise public awareness to the problem. SMAS welcomes survivors of any age, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation. We focus on what unites us and makes us stronger!
If as a child or teenager, you are, have been, or suspect you might have been (recollection for some is very foggy and at times completely suppressed) exposed to sexual acts, molested, touched inappropriately, sexually manipulated or coerced, sexually dominated, made to perform or even raped then this group is for you. To acknowledge this sort of history is for many already very difficult. But, know that individuals with open hearts, ears and minds are here for you. We are a strong nonjudgmental shoulder for you to lean on! We offer a wealth of hope and personal experience in dealing with trauma, psychological struggles, and unhealthy coping behaviors often unknowingly related to your childhood experience.
This group is less for individuals who have suffered a single incident of sexual assault as an adult, since the complexities of this sort of abuse are a bit different then what members of this group normally deal with. But our common thread is having survived sexual abuse, so feel free to find a shoulder to lean on with us if another more fitting group is not available.