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SPONSORED BY INCEST RESOURCES, INC.

Facilitated by Survivor-Therapist Dr. Elaine Westerlund

THE 2013 - 2014 SERIES WILL INCLUDE:

September 20   From Denial to Truth
October 18
Loss and Grief
November 15
Anger
December 20
Family
January 17
Shame
February 21
Distorted Thinking
March 21
Authority Issues
April 18
Triggers
May 16
Reenactment
June 20
Hope for the Future

ALL GROUPS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

The 2013-2014 series is the 30th anniversary of the group!


Meetings run from 6:00-7:30 P.M. on the third Friday of the month, September through June at the Women's Center, 46 Pleasant Street, Cambridge. To contribute to a sense of comfort and safety, we emphasize arriving on time. Survivors are welcome to come to the meeting room as early as 5:45 P.M. Non-survivor female support people are welcome to make themselves at home elsewhere in the Women's Center during meetings. For more information or directions, call (617) 354-6394.

* This group is open to all women who identify as women and are living as women full-time.

INCEST RESOURCES HAS BEEN PROVIDING FREE SURVIVOR SERVICES SINCE 1980

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.INCESTRESOURCESINC.ORG


About Incest Resources Inc.

Incest Resources is an all-survivor, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Founded in 1980, it was the first survivor organization in the country. Since its inception, Incest Resources has:
 

  • created a visible vehicle to give voice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse
     
  • developed and facilitated free support groups and therapeutic physical programs for female and male survivors including deaf survivors, survivors with disabilities, ritual abuse survivors, survivors with multiple personalities, survivors of abuse by clergy and other professionals, and partners of survivors
     
  • trained mental health and other helping professionals to improve services to hearing and deaf survivors and incestuous families
     
  • offered free legal information and advocacy for victims and survivors of sexual abuse and for non-offending parents
     
  • provided a survivor phone-line, free referral and resource information, and original literature and recovery materials to survivors and professionals
     
  • educated and sensitized the public and the Church about sexual abuse as a societal and political issue
     
  • fought for legislation to expand mandated reporting of child physical and sexual abuse and to extend the statute of limitations for the prosecution of offenders
     
  • and served as a model for other survivor organizations worldwide.
     

Incest Resources, Inc. receives no outside funding for its programs and services. Tax-deductible contributions are welcome c/o The Women's Center, 46 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139-3838.


About The Discussion Group Facilitator

Elaine Westerlund is a licensed psychologist and survivor with triple board certification as a specialist in sexual abuse, trauma/PTSD, and disaster response/crisis intervention. She has been involved in the field of sexual abuse as a political organizer, self-help advocate, group facilitator, psychotherapist, consultant, clinical supervisor, researcher, writer, and lecturer since 1980 when she cofounded Incest Resources. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston University with master's specializations in counseling women and cross-cultural counseling. She is the author of Responding to Incest: In Memory of Nancy, Women's Sexuality After Childhood Incest, and numerous journal articles. Aside from volunteering with Incest Resources, Elaine has a private practice. For more information: (617) 661-9400 or www.DrElaineWesterlund.com.