SASS support groups will be on hiatus in the month of May to accommodate new staff training. You can still register for any groups and will receive an invitation in advance of the first meeting in June.
How to Register:
- Click on the button next to the group of your choice and follow the instructions on the form.
- Each person who registers will receive a confirmation email after they submit their form; if you do not receive the confirmation, you can double-check that you entered your address correctly, check your spam folder, re-register, or email supportgroups@SASS-lane.org
- Participants will receive an email with an invitation the Thursday before each meeting and they will also get a reminder email on the morning of the meeting day.
Special Topic-Focused Groups and Workshops
In addition to our regular drop-in groups, SASS hosts special topic-focused groups and workshops. Some recent topics include:
– Navigating romance, sex, and dating for survivors
– Supporting partners and spouses of survivors
– Supporting parents and caregivers of survivors
– Dealing with family stress
Follow us on social media or check back in here to be notified about future special groups and workshops!
Men’s Group Update (Sep. 2020):
As of September 2020, the Men’s Online Support Group will be on hiatus due to low community participation and transitions in SASS’s staffing. Anyone interested in being notified about future opportunities can enter their email address into the waitlist form
Click here for the Men’s Group waitlist
Guidelines for Participation
- Protect confidentiality. Ensure that no one else can see your screen, use headphones, and try to participate from a private space. Do not record or capture images of the screen.
- Do not use private message to talk to other participants during the meeting.
- Show up on time — the meeting will be locked after 15 minutes, so you will not be able to enter late.
- Drop-in groups do not have a registration cap, so there’s no limit to how many people can sign up. However, we cap drop-in groups at 15 participants for each meeting and we lock the meeting after 15 people have arrived.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any remaining questions, contact supportgroup@SASS-Lane.org
What time zone are you in?
SASS is located in Eugene, Oregon, USA, so all our times are listed in Pacific Time.
Who can participate?
Anyone over 18 years old who has experienced sexual violence in their life is invited to participate in the group that is right for them. The women’s group is for those who identify as women (and welcomes other folks who have been perceived as women), the men’s meet up is for folks who identify as men (and welcomes other folks who have been perceived as men), and the LGBTQIA+ group is for those who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+/queer community.
How many people are in each group?
For our drop-in groups, we do not limit the number of people who can register, since all people who have registered do not attend each meeting. However, as our groups have grown, we have learned that capping participation at 15 people is best. Therefore, if more than 15 people attempt to drop-in to a meeting, we may have to lock the meeting to prevent overflow. Other groups, such as our special workshops and series, will have different registration caps.
How are support groups facilitated?
Each SASS group is facilitated by at least one SASS staffer, volunteer, or intern (usually two SASS facilitators are present). Facilitators ensure the comfort and safety of all participants, help to facilitate discussion, and present materials to spark conversation. Each group typically includes an ice-breaker, a topic-based discussion, free share time, and a closing ritual.
What platform will you be using for online support groups?
SASS’s online support groups will use GoToMeeting. GoToMeeting is HIPAA compliant, which means that your privacy will be protected. However, GoToMeeting is a 3rd party platform, so we cannot guarantee protection from malicious eavesdropping.
What technology do I need?
GoToMeeting is easily accessible through any web browser. You don’t have to make an account or download anything, though you can make an account and/or download the app for your own convenience. If you would like to participate but don’t have access to these tools, please contact us and we can arrange for you to call in over the phone line.
Why do I have to register?
To ensure confidentiality and safety for all participants, we are asking that people register in order to receive an invitation to join the online meeting. This helps prevent people from crashing or otherwise disrupting the group.
How will you protect privacy?
The only information we are collecting is an email address where we can send the invitation. No identifying information about participants, including the email address used to register, will be stored or shared with any person, organization, or entity. We also require participants to adhere to our guidelines. Participants agree to prevent other people from seeing or hearing the meeting and to never record or screen capture the meeting.
Do I have to use my webcam or my real name?
No! You can choose to share your webcam or not. You can also choose to assign yourself whatever name you are comfortable with. We encourage people to include their pronouns with their name, if they are comfortable.
Are these support groups free?
Yes! Our support groups are always free.
Are support groups the same as counseling or group therapy?
No. Counseling or therapy is a specific type of mental health treatment facilitated by trained and licensed mental health providers. Support groups are led by experienced staff members who are trained to facilitate a group of peers to share their experiences, process their feelings, practice new skills, and support one another in a safe and collaborative environment. If you are interested in individual counseling, please see our Counseling Services page.
Please be aware: there are times when, due to circumstances beyond our control, a support group meeting may have to be canceled with short notice. On those occasions, we update our calendar and post notices to our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram); you may also always call our business line (541-484-9791) to verify the schedule of our meetings.
Drop-in Support Groups
If you are new to SASS groups, our drop-in groups are a great place to start! Come have conversations, discuss group topics, and find support from others who have had similar experiences. Due to the nature of the conversations that often happen during group, no late arrivals permitted. Our door locks about 5 minutes after group start time.
Groups are for folks 18 years and older. They are held either at SASS’s office or online, depending on the group. We are located at 591 W 19th Ave., Eugene, OR, 97401 (Corner of 19th & Jefferson).
Children are not permitted to attend group
Why are children are not allowed? Research shows that having children present while people are processing trauma may not be healthy for them. Additionally, not everyone feels comfortable discussing their trauma in front of other people’s children, so their presence may be disruptive. Because of this, we cannot allow children in group. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause!
We hope one day to have the funding to provide childcare for group participants, however at this time we do not have the resources to provide this service.
Looking for a different type of group than what’s listed here?
Please contact us! We have other groups for various populations in the planning stages, and we’d like to know what folks are looking for.
In addition to groups, SASS also provides free, individual counseling services. For more information, visit our counseling page.
If you have any remaining questions, contact supportgroup@SASS-Lane.org