We will be running a peer support group called Girl Up in Autumn 2019, for girls aged 14-16 who have experienced sexual violence of any kind. This will be a safe space to hang out and make friends, with group work to combat feelings of isolation, to build resilience and to learn positive coping strategies. If you have any questions or would like to put yourself forward for the group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 07928 838448 or 01223 313551.
We have run several groups in the past, including an art workshop, a creative writing & poetry group and a support group for mothers of survivors. The women and girls who have taken part in our groups have told us how rewarding it was to meet other people who were able to understand their experiences and become lifelong friends. They have said that it helped them feel less alone and even made it easier to let go of negative coping strategies.
The group size varies depending on which group is running, but they are usually between 6-12 other women and girls who have been through similar experiences to you.
You don’t need to tell anyone anything about your experiences if you don’t want to – it will always be your choice what to say and who you say it to.
You may find it surprisingly helpful and rewarding to be a part of a group, even if it does sound a little bit intimidating at first. The other people in the group can become part of your ongoing support network and previous groups have described making lifelong friends with the other group members.
It is especially helpful to hear how other people have approached different problems in their lives, as it can provide different perspectives. It might feel like you’re the only one struggling and it can be a relief to realise that you’re not alone in how you feel.
If you do want to have one-to-one support, you can contact our counselling co-ordinator to ask if you are able to refer into our counselling service.
Anyone who defines as a woman will be offered the use of any support groups we may run. In line with Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre’s current policy on women-only space, anyone who does not identify as a woman will not be offered group support, however every effort will be made to identify appropriate support groups for trans men and non-binary trans people.