My college has a support group for survivors of sexual assault that meets weekly. Due to a schedule conflict, I’m not able to make it often. However, it’s great to know that I have a place to go when I need to talk with some people who really get it. When I’ve been there, they’ve usually had between two and five people. I kinda like that it’s a small group, though. That way, we can each talk as much as we need to and it feels more close-knit. At meetings we just take turns giving updates on how our weeks went as far as triggers, healing and related things. The others would listen, ask questions and occasionally give advice much like a therapist would.
Only once did I go because I needed help. It was because of a panic attack inducing trigger. It was actually because of this group that I got some great coping mechanisms for triggers, including my go-to: breathing slowly and deeply. Most of the time when I went to meetings, it was just for that feeling of community. Like I said, it’s wonderful just getting that occasional reminder that I’m not alone in this and that I have people to talk with who know exactly what I’m going through.
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