How do we spend our time at group?
Group sessions can vary but are typically two hours. You will meet in a large group for the first 15 minutes then break up into smaller groups of 6 to 8 people for the remaining time. In your small group you will use a workbook to discuss topics relating to your abuse and recovery.
What age women come to groups?
All ages. Our support groups are for women age 18 or older.
Why do I need to recover from childhood sexual abuse?
To find healing. You'll like yourself more, your relationships will improve, your shame and guilt will fade. Many women are unaware of the negative effects their childhood abuse has on their adult lives and relationships. Recovery begins with understanding the abuse you experienced can be the root of many adult issues: unhealthy relationship choices, depression, and anxiety (to name only a few). Please see Roots of Abuse for a more comprehensive list.
How long will recovery take?
It varies. We can't really say how long your recovery will take. A group session lasts 13 weeks. We suggest you attend two or three group sessions.
Are you a residential facility?
No, we are not. We are a weekly support group.
Is the group confidential?
Yes, definitely. Group members sign a set of guidelines that include a confidentiality agreement. We want the women who attend group to feel safe and free to speak openly.
Do I have to be a Christian to participate in group?
No, you do not. Although SOAR is a Christian ministry we welcome women from every background.
Do I need to know the Bible for group?
No, not at all. Knowing the Bible is not necessary to participate in group.
Do you have a group for men?
No, not at this time. Our future vision includes support groups for males. If you are a male victim, please contact us for a referral .
Are SOAR groups for spousal abuse?
No, they are not. Our groups are for women 18 and older who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. If you are experiencing domestic violence please visit The Center For Women and Families or call their 24/7 crisis hotline: 877.803.7577.
Is this a rape support group?
No, it is not. While many CSA survivors experience rape by their perpetrators we are not a rape support group. For support from a rape as an adult contact the RAINN Organization or call their hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673).