Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma is open to all woman-identified (including cisgender women, trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified) Penn undergraduate and graduate students who have survived sexual assault that occurred during adolescence and/or adulthood. The group will create a safe space for students to provide and receive support, and it will offer the opportunity to explore concerns such as coping with emotional/physical triggers related to sexual assault, issues related to trust and emotional intimacy in relationships, and ways of managing self-blame/guilt/shame following sexual assault. Additionally, this group will attend to issues related to sexual identity; particularly, the will offer the space to process the specific barriers to justice that LGBTQIA+ women face (i.e., heterosexism/transphobia, feeling unsafe to come out, lack of understanding and stigma surrounding queer experiences of sexualized violence, etc.).

The group will commence in the fall semester and will run for approximately 10 weeks with an option to continue during the spring semester. The group will aim to offer support, psychoeducation, and collective empowerment, and participants will choose weekly topics related to healing, reestablishment of safety, coping, and self-care. The group is co-facilitated by Laura Kay Collins and Brittan Davis. Please email either one to schedule an appointment to discuss membership in the group

WHEN:  Fridays, 10-11:30 am September 28th - December 21st, 2018

WHERE:  CAPS, 3624 Market Street, 1st Floor West.