What are SurvivorCircles?
SurvivorCircles are clinically-facilitated chat-based discussion groups for survivors over the age of 18 looking to safely and anonymously connect with other survivors of Child Sexual Abuse to share practical and helpful information relevant to their shared experiences, or to learn from a clinician. Certain SurvivorCircles will be designated for specific populations, such as male survivors, survivors over the age of 50, or loved ones of adult survivors. Please see our calendar for upcoming dates, times, and topics.
Learn and Ask
These SurvivorCircle sessions will be clinician-led and focused on a specific topic. The clinician will present information about the topic and then lead a Questions and Answers session for participants. Sessions will be approximately 30-45 minutes and will be limited to 25 participants. The clinician will be on camera, but participants will only interact via chat messages.
These SurvivorCircle sessions will be clinician-led and focused on a specific topic (except for “open dialogue” sessions which will not have a specific theme), but participants will actively dialogue with each other and the clinician via chat. These sessions will be approximately 45-60 minutes and limited to 10 participants.
These SurvivorCircles will be topic-specific, led by a survivor, and supervised by a clinician. The survivor’s role will be to offer suggestions, ideas, and support to participants on the topic at hand. Some of these groups will be offered as voice-only chats in which participants can speak to each other anonymously and others will be offered as chat-only groups. These sessions will be approximately 45-60 minutes and limited to 8 participants.
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SurvivorCircles were created to encourage learning, discussion, and a sense of community among survivors and others affected by CSA.
Our chat platform allows users to register using a non-identifying username and will not store registration information following the chat to ensure the confidentiality of participants.
Confidentiality and privacy are essential components of the SurvivorCircles. All session participants are to remain anonymous. This includes creating an anonymous username with no identifying information, as well as not sharing personally-identifying information – such as full name or name of employer – in the group. By joining for a session, participants agree to keep any and all information about other attendees completely confidential. Facilitators and moderators will never share any information about specific participants. Any personal information collected by SurvivorSpace will be purged following the session. Facilitators and moderators will use session discussions to help inform SurvivorSpace administrators on topics that might be of interest to SurvivorSpace website and mobile app users, but will not connect any specific information to a specific participant.
Participants are encouraged to speak/chat and share, but no one is required to do so.
SurvivorCircles are NOT traditional online support groups. These are chat-based, clinician- or survivor-led learning and discussion groups to connect survivors with other survivors. We do NOT provide personal counseling or crisis intervention services. Participants are encouraged to visit the SurvivorSpace resources page to connect with national organizations and helping professionals. While SurvivorCircles are run by a trauma-informed clinician or CSA survivor, advice and support from these discussion groups is not a replacement for professional mental health care. If you or someone you know is having immediate thoughts of self-harm, suicide, or harm to others, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 74174, or call 988.
You can use any device that is connected to a good internet signal – a smartphone, tablet computer, or desktop computer. If you use a computer you will need an up-to-date browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 6 or above, Firefox, or Chrome), speakers and a microphone. Optionally, when you use a computer, you can use a phone to handle the audio part of the meeting.
What are SurvivorCircles?
SurvivorCircles are clinically-facilitated chat-based discussion groups for survivors over the age of 18 looking to safely and anonymously connect with other survivors of Child Sexual Abuse to share practical and helpful information relevant to their shared experiences or to learn from a clinician. Certain SurvivorCircles will be designated for specific populations, such as male survivors, survivors over the age of 50 years, or loved ones of adult survivors.