Rape and sexual assault survivors face many decisions in the hours, days, months and years following the assault. Sexual assault service providers do not make decisions for survivors but help them think about options and make choices. Both men and women can be victims of rape and sexual assault and both face many of the same recovery issues, as well as issues that are specific to men. Rape and sexual assault occurs across all communities, regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, age, religion, cultural heritage, and social or economic status.
The rape and sexual assault department at The Safe Center offers free individual and group counseling to all survivors of sexual assault. All Genders are Welcome. For information about our groups please call our hotline at 516-542-0404.
Types of Group Counseling Sessions Available:
8-Week Psycho-education Group – 18 and older – 8-week group that offers support and education for survivors of sexual violence. In a safe environment, over the course of 8 weeks, adult survivors will be given assistance in identifying their emotions and recognizing and managing stressors that stem from the trauma they experienced.Counselor-led.
Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence – All Genders Welcome – 18 and older – on-going group that offers support for survivors of sexual violence. In a safe environment, adult survivors will begin to process their trauma on a deeper level. The purpose of this group is to move survivors onto a more in-depth understanding of their feelings and behaviors. Through carefully selected exercises, survivors can continue on their journey of recovery by learning who they are, and begin to care for themselves again. Different types of relaxation and grounding techniques will be presented and demonstrated, and survivors will learn to incorporate these skills, as well as coping skills, on their own. Counselor-led.
Secondary Survivors Group – All Genders Welcome – 18 and older – on-going group that offers support for secondary survivors of victims of sexual violence. A secondary survivor is someone who loves and/or is related to someone that has suffered sexual violence. In a safe environment, adult secondary survivors will begin to process their own feelings as it pertains to their understanding of sexual violence. Secondary survivors will also learn the symptoms of sexual violence, and how to not only help and support their loved ones, but how to also help themselves with their own feelings of helplessness. Counselor-led.
If you or someone you care about has been a victim of sexual assault or rape, please contact our confidential hotline at 516-542-0404 to find out how we can help.