I want to share some words and speak directly to the folks here who don’t see themselves as victims/survivors of sexual violence, but know that something bad happened or are carrying heaviness from their past sexual experiences. I don’t know you yet, but I am proud of you for investing in your wellness. Healing is a way of life and the first small steps are important ones. Don’t dismiss them. Be patient. Be faithful. Be well.
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) is a great resource for locating direct services for sexual violence throughout New York State. It has the list of rape crisis centers, hotline numbers, and various community events/info. For more info plug into: http://nyscasa.org/
Here are several hotline numbers for the NYC area, though the website lists more for each borough:
Woman Organized Against Rape (WOAR) is a non-profit organization and the only rape crisis center in Philadelphia. They offer free counseling services to individuals who have experienced sexual violence and also have a 24 hour hotline: 215-985-3333. For more information about where they are located and their services plug into: http://www.woar.org/
Based in Philadelphia, PA, this wellness center offers comprehensive services using Easter medicine and other wholistic approaches to wellness. Located in South Philly, this is a welcoming sanctuary that offers art therapy, yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy, and Chinese traditional medicine. For more information plug into: http://www.artofwellnesscenter.com/
Located in the Northeast section of the Bronx, Bronx Community Wellness Center also has a trustworthy staff that offers yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy at an affordable cost. They also offer herbal consultations and other holistic approaches for wellness. For more information plug into: http://bronxcommunitywellness.com/Services.html
Just when you thought you left behind books with pictures inside, Sark gives you the most candid and colorful book you might ever experience. Far from a prescriptive self-help book, Sark keeps you laughing and honest as she shares her questions and discoveries as a childhood sexual abuse survivor, and her never ending healing journey.