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:

Coping through the Holidays: Creating a Holiday Toolkit (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago recognizes that the holiday season can be a difficult time for survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

The workshop will be a safe, supportive space where you can join other adult survivors and have a chance to:

  • Learn and share tools for thriving during the holidays
  • Develop a holiday tool kit
  • Create new holiday rituals

The workshop is open to adult survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  November 21st, 6:00-7:30pm
Cost: Free

Spots are limited and RSVP is highly preferred. If you are interested in attending, please contact: Aviva Rosenberg at 312.762.2749 or Raliat Queenie Adeboyejo at 312.762.2747. Registration deadline is November 16th.

Let’s Talk About Sex (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is hosting a series of 2 workshops on sex and sexuality for adult survivors of sexual violence. This group will be a safe, supportive space where you can join other survivors in gathering practical knowledge and skills, such as:

  • Learning to identify and create healthy boundaries
  • Identifying and addressing triggers related to sex and intimacy
  • Defining consent and developing consensual communication
  • Practice giving and receiving consent

Participants are encouraged to attend both workshops sessions. The workshop is open to adult survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Where: YWCA RISE Center
When:  Mondays (December 4 and December 11) 6:00-8:00PM
Cost: Free

If you are interested in attending, contact Alex Champagne at 312.229.7251 or Adrianne Harkless at 312.762.2778. Please RSVP by November 27, 2017.

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:  December 12, 2017 from 6:30-8:00PM
Cost: Free

If you are interested in attending, contact Alex Champagne at 312.229.7251. RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Coping through the Holidays: Creating a Holiday Toolkit (English Flyer)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago recognizes that the holiday season can be a difficult time for survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

The workshop will be a safe, supportive space where you can join other adult survivors and have a chance to:

  • Learn and share tools for thriving during the holidays
  • Develop a holiday tool kit
  • Create new holiday rituals

The workshop is open to adult survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse.

Where: YWCA Parks Francis Center
When:  December 13th, 6:00-7:30pm
Cost: Free

Spots are limited and RSVP is highly preferred. If you are interested in attending, please contact: Aviva Rosenberg at 312.762.2749 or Raliat Queenie Adeboyejo at 312.762.2747. Registration deadline is November 16th.

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