Sexual Assault Victims Support Group in Small Town
Organized by: Roxanne McKee
I am a 22 year old from a very small town outside of Ottawa and I am only recently coming to terms with the sexual assault I suffered at the hands of my older brother. It took me a long time to get passed the shame and guilt I felt. I am still unable to afford therapy sessions on a regular basis and there is no access to support groups in my area. I have often wished I could talk to someone who went through the same thing. 6 months ago, someone confided in me that they have been through the same thing and the ability to relate to them, to discuss this with her made me realize I was not alone. I want to start an anonymous support group in my area. Being from a small town, gossip was always a fear when I tried to get the courage to tell people. I would like to offer anonymity and support to other victims, until they are ready to tell their story (if that is what they choose to do), otherwise we will offer support and group therapy. I am raising money to rent a space for this group and I have also looked into guest speakers that could not only speak at our group but also at local schools to let other people know they are not alone. I am sorry I am not putting my real name on this, I am still fighitng the shame put on me by family, as if any of this was my choice. Please help me help others, help give us victims a voice.