Letter to the Editor - Flanagan
Sexual assault is a crime that affects everyone in our community. Often we are deluged with stories, facts, and figures outlining the terrible reality that sexual assault plays in individual lives, family systems, the workplace and society at large. While being made aware of the facts and personal toll of this violent crime is essential, it is also useful to offer survivors an empowering and inspirational experience where they can bond with other survivors.
HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties SARN program (Sexual Assault Response Network) sponsors a free annual retreat for female sexual assault survivors. This special day focuses on promoting positive well-being practices in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. The focus is not on individual stories or the topic of sexual assault, rather the exploration of hands on techniques to directly aid in coping and recovering from the effects of trauma that occur to some extent after any sexual assault, whether the trauma was in the past, or more recent.
This year’s topic is “ART AS A PATH TO HEALING.” Participants will have the opportunity to discover a variety of ways art may inform their healing process. A licensed therapist who utilizes art in the therapeutic process will be on hand to lead an art project that requires no artistic skills. This year’s retreat will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Delaware County, location disclosed upon registration. Please use the contact information below to register for this day of relaxation, education and camaraderie.
If you, or someone you know, may be interested but cannot attend on this particular day, please note that HelpLine’s SARN program also offers a monthly support group for sexual assault survivors as well. Registration is also required for this informal, confidential and supportive group. Although both of these opportunities highlight our work to directly serve female survivors, we also serve male survivors as this is a largely underserved population. Any male in need of sensitive and confidential services may contact me directly, or call our hotline where both male and female survivors have access to specially trained advocates who assist survivors of sexual assault. As the Coordinator of the SARN program at HelpLine, I provide long-term advocacy to those who have experienced sexual assault. And as always, any community member may call our hotline at 211 or 1–800-684‑2324, for crisis intervention, and/or information and referrals.
Sexual Assault Response NetworkCoordinator
HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties,Inc.