Support Groups

Support Groups

We provide support groups for survivors of sexual assault and for their loved ones who may be struggling with their own feelings. Support groups are offered to women, men, teens, and are facilitated by State of California Certified Sexual Assault Counselors, as well as supervised MFT Trainees and Registered MFT Interns. MFT trainees and MFT interns are supervised and trained by Sharon Bergeron, who is a licensed MFT. Our groups offer an opportunity to:

  • Share your experience in a safe environment
  • Hear about others’ experiences
  • Explore ways to address the impact of the abuse/assault
  • Learn strategies to help you respond to the demands of day-to-day living

Current Groups Schedule

Women Survivors of Sexual Assault
(adults and teens welcome, as are folks outside the gender binary)

  • Mondays, 6-7pm at Verity: 835 Piner Road, Suite D, Santa Rosa

Survivors of Human Trafficking

  • Call 707-545-7270 ext. 14 for details

Grupos de Apoyo en Espanol, para Sobrevivientes y su
Sistema de Soporte Emocional

  • Call 707-545-7270 for more information 
    • You can request a Spanish speaker if necessary
    • Usted puede pedir por un hispanohablante si es necesario

Forgotten Warriors Women’s and Men’s Support Group
for Survivors of Military Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment

  • Women’s: For more information call (707) 545-7270 ext. 11
  • Men’s: For more information call (707) 545-7270 ext. 11

Girls Circle for Young Women ages 14 to 18

  • For more information call (707) 545-7270 ext. 14

MyStrength for Young Men ages 14 to 18

  • For more information call (707) 545-7270 ext. 14

Healthy Relationships for Young Women & Men ages 14 to 18

  • For more information call (707) 545-7270 ext. 14

 

Group Descriptions

Women Survivors of Sexual Assault

For adult and teen women survivors, we provide a Drop-In Support Group on Monday nights from 6-7pm. at Verity. Having a place to come, where you are understood and you can listen to others as they share their struggles and successes, can be an opportunity to connect. You can just sit and listen if you don’t want to talk. It may feel easier to be alone, but it might also be nice to have someone understand.

Sobrevivientes de Asalto Sexual Hispanohablantes, sus Amigos y Familia

Verity brinda un Grupo de Apoyo para Hispanohablantes sin necesidad de cita para sobrevivientes adultos y adolescentes, y sus amigos, familia o pareja. Este es un lugar donde puedes venir, donde te entienden y puedes escuchar a las demás mientras comparten sus pruebas y éxitos. Es una oportunidad para conectarse con otros. Puedes solamente sentarte y escuchar si no quieres hablar. Talvez te sientes mejor viniendo sola, o puedes venir acompañada para que alguien te entienda. Estamos aquí para ti.

Support for Survivors of Human Trafficking

This drop-in group is for survivors that have been sold into sexual slavery (present or past). If you are wanting a safe place to explore options, issues and questions about leaving “the life,” or feel like no one could possibly relate to your story, please join us.

Girls Circle for Young Women ages 14 to 18

Girls Circle provides a safe place to talk about your topics with girls like you. If you’re editing what you say because it feels like people are always critical or you just want someone to listen, think about coming to Girls Circle. This low-pressure group is open to any girls ages 14 to 18.

MyStrength for Young Men ages 14 to 18

The MyStrength group provides a relaxed atmosphere to talk about what you need to talk about with other guys. If you’re tired of being told you’re wrong about everything and not having anyone to listen, think about coming to a My Strength group. If you want to be somewhere you won’t be judged and you can be yourself, think about My Strength. This low-pressure group is open to any guys ages 14 to 18.

Healthy Relationships for Young Women & Men ages 14 to 18

Teens and young adults who are disconnected from social supports such as school, family and work are at particular risk for domestic and sexual violence. Furthermore, many new environmental and social factors contribute to the vulnerability of Sonoma County’s Youth, such as an increase in alcohol consumption, new and different drug addictions, lack of youth cultural competency, an increase in gang violence, family violence and an increase in high-risk behavior which has led to youth becoming sexually active at a younger age. Verity’s Healthy Relationships workshop tackles these issues and other factors, head on.