In America, 1 out of 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Rape, sexual abuse and incest are far too prevalent in our society, and the YWCA Sexual Assault Program (YW-SAP) is there to help victims and survivors. For more than 30 years, YW-SAP has been reaching out to survivors of sexual assaults, and to their families and friends.
To meet the needs of women survivors of sexual assault and/or abuse, YW-SAP will begin the next twelve-week group on March 23, 2005, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the YWCA of Kalamazoo, 353 E. Michigan. (Alternate time available.)
The group is for adult women who have experienced sexual abuse or assault as children, teens, and/or adults. Group goals include increasing knowledge and understanding of sexual abuse, decreasing isolation through establishing relationships, providing an opportunity to share individual experiences and recovery processes, and assisting in developing effective life coping skills. Confidentiality of participants is maintained.
For information about this group or the other support groups that are currently available, contact YW-SAP at (269) 345-3036.
The YWCA Sexual Assault Program and YWCA Domestic Assault Program also provide individual counseling. Victim Advocates/Counselors are available Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those interested in scheduling an appointment should call the YWCA Sexual Assault Program at 345-3036 or the YWCA Domestic Assault Program at 385-3587.
About the YWCA of Kalamazoo
The YWCA of the USA, of which the YWCA of Kalamazoo is a member Association, is the oldest, largest autonomous women?s membership organization in the world. Its mission is eliminating racism and empowering women. The YWCA of Kalamazoo, the oldest Association in Michigan, was founded in 1885 and began as a residence service provider to young women who gravitated to the city to work in its factories. Today, the YWCA of Kalamazoo provides services to survivors of domestic assault, including shelter (the first such shelter in the state of Michigan and one of the first in the United States); a program for survivors of sexual assault, a licensed child care center, a mentoring program for women and teens seeking self-sufficiency through employment and educational goals, and services to YWCA members and the community-at-large.