New sexual violence support group for friends, family and partners
SOS Sexual Violence Services is offering a new monthly open support group for friends, family and partners of survivors of sexual violence. The group meets from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in Saint Paul.
For many years, SOS has also offered a weekly support group primarily for sexual violence survivors, but also open to family and friends. The weekly support group meets Tuesday nights from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Saint Paul.
SOS support groups provide a safe and confidential setting for survivors to talk with others who have been through similar experiences. Support groups are open to non-offending adults (age 18 and older) who are rape victim/survivors, adult victim/survivors of childhood sexual abuse and secondary victims (family and friends of victim/survivors).
SOS is a program of Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health that provides 24-hour crisis services, information and referrals. The program also offers support and information to individuals reporting sexual assaults or seeking medical care, advocacy while receiving medical care, and help in filing a police report or with other legal issues. SOS counselors can also help sexual violence survivors with safety planning involving shelter and assistance with financial concerns. In addition to the support groups, SOS also provides one-on-one short-term counseling.