The YWCA offers a variety of groups to assist survivors and non-offending family members with healing from the trauma of sexual assault. Clients are able to challenge their feelings of isolation and receive support from peers by participating in group counseling. While specific groups may vary from site to site, groups are typically offered to adult survivors of child sexual abuse, child and teen survivors of sexual violence, and parents. Groups may focus on a specific theme (boundaries, safety, empowerment), may utilize a form of expressive therapy (photography, poetry, art) to engage clients in the healing process, or focus on providing information about sexual assault/abuse and coping skills. Group services are offered regularly across all of our service locations.

Current Support Groups:

In This Together: A Monthly Survivor Social Space (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting a monthly social space for adult survivors of sexual violence.

This group will be a safe, supportive space where you can get together, make art, listen to music, talk, laugh, and create community.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Create community and connection with other survivors
  • Engage in arts and crafts activities to promote self-care
  • Reduce feelings of isolation by engaging in a monthly social activity

These socials are open to adult survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse of any gender and sexual orientation.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  2nd Tuesday of every month (January 10th, February 14th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th and June 13th), 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: Free

If you are interested in attending, contact Alex Champagne at 312.229.7251.

The Art of Feeling (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting a 6-week group for children ages 8 to 12 who have been impacted by sexual violence. This group will be a safe, supportive space that uses art,
movement, music, and role-play to:

  • Identify how we experience strong feelings like anger or aggression
  • Explore how strong feelings are expressed in participants’ lives
  • Practice safe, creative ways to manage and express feelings at home or school

All interested caregivers must schedule a time to meet with a counselor to discuss the child’s needs and interest in the group.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Saturdays, February 25th to April 1st, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Cost: Free

Spots are limited. If you are interested in attending, contact Kelin Hall at 312.229.7244 or Chelsea Davis at 312.762.2728 by February 1st.

Creativity and Communication: Roundtable Discussion (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting a roundtable discussion for females who identify as Women of Color, who have experienced sexual violence and want to explore the impact of racism and prejudice in their lives. This is a safe, supportive space where you can join others as we build a sense of community.

  • Discuss how the socioeconomic and political climate has impacted self-image
  • Identify systems of oppression
  • Learn about the role of generational/familial values
  • Explore what roles and responsibilities you undertake to secure or create a positive self-regard

The roundtable is intended to create an open, respectful, and welcoming space for women of color to share stories of how sexual violence, racism, oppression, and prejudice influence day to day movement.

Participants will be encouraged to share ideas and empower each other through connection, solidarity, compassion, and altruism. Spots are limited. Please RSVP by March 23, 2017. RSVP is required for participation. Please call Joy Grange at 773-496-5635 or Andria Lampkin at 312-762-2737.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  March 30th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cost: Free

Stopping the Stigma: A Therapy Group for Male-Identified Survivors of Sexual Violence (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will host an 8-week therapy group to address the specific barriers and challenges that male–identified* survivors face in the process of healing from sexual abuse/assault. Participants will:

  • Process the impacts of sexual trauma specific to male-identified survivors
  • Connect with other male-identified survivors in a safe, confidential space
  • Explore how social stigma and shame affect male-identified survivors
  • Develop coping and self-soothing techniques with other survivors

*This group is open to any male-identified survivor, including transgender and cisgender men. Men of all sexual orientations are welcome.

If you are interested in attending, contact Lindsey Koenig at 312.762.2731 or Alex Champagne at 312.229.7251. Spots are limited. Please RSVP by April 7, 2017. All interested individuals must complete an intake.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Thursdays, April 27th to June 15th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: Free

For more information on support groups being offered at a Chicago area location, please call (312) 733-2102.