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.

Stopping the Stigma: A Workshop for Male-Identified Survivors of Sexual Trauma (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago recognizes that there are specific barriers and challenges that adult malei-dentified survivors face in the process of healing from sexual abuse/assault. As a result, male-identified survivors often remain silent about their experiences of sexual trauma due to shame and stigma. In this two-session workshop, participants will:

  • Connect with other adult male-identified survivors in a safe, confidential space
  • Discuss the impacts of sexual trauma that are specific to male-identified survivors
  • Explore how gender roles and rape culture effect male-identified survivors
  • Develop coping skills and self-care techniques

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

Attendance to both workshops is encouraged, but not required. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lindsey Koenig at 312.762.2731 by February 24th.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Part I: March 8th, 6:00 PM-7:30PM
Part II: March 15th, 6:00 PM-7:30PM
Cost: Free

The Healing Journey: A Young Adult Survivors Workshop (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago will be hosting a workshop for young adult survivors ages 18 -24 who have been impacted by sexual violence. This workshop will be a safe, supportive space where you can join other survivors in:

  • Learning information about the impact of trauma
  • Identifying and creating safe supportive people, systems and spaces
  • Exploring resources and skills for recovery

If you are interested in attending, please contact Cristina Maria at 630.580.3193 or Rachel Hines at 312.229.7247 by March 7th.

Where: YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center
When:  March 14th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Cost: Free

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