What we’re about
Sexual Manipulation and Abuse Survivors (SMAS) is a togetherness of men, woman and transgender people who share their journey in recovery with one another. We believe in the power of the group to inspire shifts in our awareness that create opportunities for growth and a clearer picture of our internal solution. The main requirement for membership is that the individual is an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse or has strong reason to believe to be. A member of SMAS embraces the diversity of our group. Currently there are no dues or fees for SMAS membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. SMAS is the catalyst to a movement that seeks to unite an international family of abuse survivors that is not divided by politics, religion or the agendas of secular organizations. Our movement is of internal nature and is not formed to engage in any public controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes outside of our own recovery interests and unity. Our primary purpose is to promote a healing environment that informs the individual journey of each member. Our meetings facilitate personal progress through the sharing of each individual member and the group conscience as a whole. We are a pool of knowledge and personal experiences, to our own benefit and to the benefit of others. Our meetings are a safe place to share, gain acceptance, receive support, care, kindness and love. We welcome Survivors of any sexual orientation.
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 raped then this group is for you. To acknowledge this sort of history is for many 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.