Support groups

We run several support groups each year to provide a safe and inclusive space for women survivors of sexual abuse and rape, so that they can draw on strength and support from other survivors coming to terms with similar issues.

There may be a bit of a wait to access the groups, but we can tell you more about this when you contact us.

Who the groups are for

There are no criteria for joining a group other than being a self-identifying woman over the age of eighteen years old who is a survivor of sexual abuse and/or rape, whether in the past or recently, as a child or as an adult.

In line with OSARCC’s current policy on women-only space, we cannot offer group support to anyone who does not identify as a woman.  However, every effort will be made to identify appropriate support groups for men and non-binary people.

What to expect

Format

Each group is run in a block of twelve weekly sessions, with the same group of women throughout.  Each session will involve discussion of certain themes which are in part led by the group itself but facilitated by a qualified counsellor and an OSARCC volunteer.  The aim is to provide a safe space to look at some of the common issues that survivors deal with and the feelings around them - for example relationships, self-esteem, guilt and shame.  

Confidentiality

All queries will be treated in confidence by our service coordinator and your details will not be shared with any other organisation.

Any information you share within the group will be kept confidential within OSARCC.  Some information about women attending the group may be shared between collective members and the OSARCC clinical supervisor.

We maintain boundaries of confidentiality between the support groups and OSARCC’s phone, email and text listening services, so that members of the groups can still access these services as an alternative, confidential support mechanism. 

We will only break confidentiality if you ask us to, or if you’ve given us relevant information that makes us concerned for your or somebody else’s safety. For more information about this, please read our Child Protection policy.

Referrals

We accept referrals from survivors themselves and from others, including other organisations, who have the survivor’s permission. Find more information about making a referral.