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Shelter from the Storm© - Hope for Survivors of Sexual Abuse 

SPRING 2018 SEMESTER 

START DATE: 

TUESDAY,  JANUARY 16, 2018

"ONLY YOU CAN DO IT BUT YOU CAN'T DO IT ALONE"

Shelter from the Storm© are Christ centered support groups designed to heal the emotional wound related to sexual abuse. Groups are held semi-annually in the Spring and Fall semesters. The twelve week curriculum published in 1995 by Cynthia Kubetin-Littlefield, James Mallory, M.D. and Jacqualine C. Truitt is a clear step by step process for victims of sexual abuse to overcome the pervasive destruction that has happened to them.  Per the curriculum, participants are required to repeat the curriculum for three semesters (a year and a half) to address the layers of effects from sexual trauma. 


Many individuals have survived the trauma of sexual abuse. Most often the abuse occurred at the hands of someone in a trusted position. Sadly, the devastating effects will continue throughout every stage of the survivor’s life until it is appropriately addressed and dealt with.


From a spiritual perspective, God is not the author of sexual abuse nor does He condone it in any form. God is the Creator of sex, the human anatomy and the sex drive. His plan is for sexual intimacy to be expressed in marriage between one man and one woman, whereby love, respect, and commitment defines the relationship.


Sexual abuse is a sinful, willful and selfish act committed against another person which brings destruction and devastation in the victims life. The victims perception of themselves, others, God and life in general is severely distorted. However, God desires to heal the emotional wounds related to the abuse so you may experience life with meaning and purpose as He intended. Healing, freedom and truth is available through His Son, Jesus Christ. Don’t suffer in silence any longer. Help and resources are available.


Course Description

Shelter from the Storm© support groups are designed for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse who desire is to experience deliverance and wholeness (spirit, soul & body). It will empower women to realize that they are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ rather than victims of their past.


Course Objectives

Survivors of sexual abuse will come to realize there is hope and healing from the past as they examine the:

  • false beliefs about the abuse 
  • overwhelming effects of abuse on their life 
  • process of grieving the pain of sexual abuse and of learning to let go of the past
  • process of reclaiming trust, control, and intimacy
  • road to recovery through the Word of God
  • path with God's help, from victim to survivor to an overcomer through Jesus Christ 



BENEFITS OF A SUPPORT GROUP

1. Offer caring support and encouragement

2. Offer unconditional love and support

3. Offer a safe and trusted place for wounded people to tell the truth

4. Offer an environment to express feelings openly

5. Offer freedom to identify options and make decisions

6. Offer a safe place to take the time needed to recover

7. Offer an opportunity to expose hurtful experiences and unmet needs 

     without being misunderstood or criticized

8. Offer a place to experience accountability to yourself and others

9. Offer an experience of the mercy and wisdom of God and the healing power of prayer

10. Offer hope and healing

11. Offer community to those who have felt alone in their grief and pain

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1. Q. Is there a particular curriculum or book that is used in the support groups?

Answer: Yes. We use the Shelter from the Storm© Hope for Survivors of Sexual Abuse curriculum. It is a Christ-centered twelve week curriculum.


2. Q. How many participants are in a group?

Answer: The maximum number of participants per group is eight in order to allow the highest participation of members.

 

3. Q. What age can I participate in the support group?

Answer: Group participants needs to be at least 18 years of age. Each participant will be required to sign a pledge of confidentiality and support group guidelines forms.


4. Q. How often will the support group meet?

Answer: We offer groups on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Participants may choose what group night they will attend as long as space is available. Participants will attend group meetings once a week.


5. Q. How long are the semesters?

Answer: Support groups are held in the Spring and Fall semesters. Each semester is fifteen weeks in duration. Our semester begins the first night with orientation in order to introduce participants to the curriculum. We will end the semester with our graduation ceremony for a total of fifteen weeks. 


6. Q. What are the requirements for graduation?

Answer: Participants who commit to completing three support group semesters (a year and a half) will be eligible to graduate from the program facilitated by ARISE!


7. Q. How long are the weekly meetings?

Answer: The groups meetings will last two hours. Groups meet from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.


8. Q. Is there a fee for participating in the support group?

Answer: Yes. Support group fees are $300.00 per semester. In addition, new participants must purchase the support group workbook at a one time fee of $30.00.


9. Q. I need to join the support group but can't afford the group fees at this time, will I still be able to participate?

Answer: Yes. Participants wanting to join the group but need financial assistance can enroll in our Sponsor A Survivor Scholarship Program. Clients who participate in this program will receive a scholarship for $150.00 toward the cost of the support group fee. The remaining funds are given by donors to assist in the support group cost. In exchange for enrolling in this program participants are asked to volunteer in the semester of participation based on the current needs of the organization.


10. Q. Can family members attend a Shelter from the Storm© group meeting?

Answer: No. The dynamics of the family system would impact the process of the group. Participants need the freedom to express their past and present hurts in a safe environment.


11. Q. I was sexually abused as an adult can I participate in a Shelter from the Storm© support group?

Answer: Yes. The same principles for recovery from childhood sexual abuse can be applied to sexual abuse as an adult.


12. Q. Can I join the support group anytime during the semester?

Answer: No. Shelter from the Storm© support groups are closed groups and no one will be allowed to join after the groups have started. Groups are held twice a year in the Spring and Fall semesters. New participants must wait until the next group semester to join the support group.


13. Q. Is daycare provided?

Answer: No. Daycare must be arranged in advance by participants. Children are not allowed in the support group setting. In addition, accommodations must also be made in advance for pets as they are not permitted in the support group environment.


14. Q. Are the support group meetings located on a bus line?

Answer: No. Each participant is responsible for transportation to and from the support group meetings.


15. Q. How can I sign up for the support group?

Answer: Those interested in participating in our support groups can sign up via our website or call our office at 800.513.2450..


16. Q. Should I also be in individual counseling?

Answer: Yes. For participation in our support groups you are required to have established a relationship with a counseling professional. The support groups should complement individual therapy not replace it. Counseling is crucial for survivors of sexual trauma, and it is an important step to help process the wounded emotions from abuse.


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