There's a group of us who have organized and want to start (in person) self-help/networking groups for Jewish Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault (for both men and women) in every community around the country (and around the world).
We are desperate to find a location to hold these groups. There are so many survivors who are interested in attending.
Originally our goal was to hold the meetings in local synagogues as a way to help survivors over come their fears, and also to help turn a synagogue into a safe place for them.
Several of us have gone to other self-help groups over the years, yet felt uncomfortable attending because they were often held in churches.
As of today every rabbi we have approached has turned us down.
It's very sad that several churches around the country have heard of our plight and offered us space, and also funding to do the necessary training to leaders. We are really trying to hold off so that we can find Jewish locations and funding.
If you know of a location, please let us know. We really do NOT want to hold meetings in JCC's for various political reasons.
Please contact me at jewishsurvivors at yahoo dot com, and I will pass your contact information on to the individuals organizing the networks.
We are also looking for funding so that we can train survivors to lead the Jewish Survivors Self-help/Network groups.