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 an invitation via email (these invitations are sent once a week, so you may not receive your invitation immediately). You only have to register once — we will send out a reminder email with a fresh link each week (you can opt-out whenever you want).
- You can make a free account with GoToMeeting or not. GoToMeeting can be accessed via web browser or by downloading the app.
Please note: Registration forms will be accepted through the end of the day prior to the meeting (i.e. Sunday night for a Monday meeting). If you submit registration on the day of the meeting, you will not be able to join until the following meeting. Final invitation emails will be sent on the morning of the meeting.
For example, if the meeting takes place on Mondays, a person who registers on Sunday night at 11pm will receive their invitation on Monday morning. A person who registers on Monday will receive an invitation the following week.
Guidelines for Participation
- Protect confidentiality. Ensure that no one else can see your screen, use headphones, and try to participate from a private space.
- Avoid distractions like checking messages or having other windows open.
- Do not use private message to talk to other participants during the meeting.
- If you choose to use your webcam, dress appropriately.
- Do not record or capture images of the screen.
- Show up on time — the meeting will be locked after 15 minutes, so you will not be able to enter late.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any remaining questions, please contact Rebecca, SASS’s Counseling and Support Groups Coordinator, at supportgroup@SASS-Lane.org or 541-603-6148
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, the men’s meet up is for people who identify as men, and the LGBTQIA+ group is for those who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+/queer community.
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.
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 and are held at SASS’s office unless otherwise stated in the description. We are located at 591 W 19th Ave., Eugene, OR, 97401 (Corner of 19th & Jefferson).
*Children are not permitted to attend group with you*
Why are children are not allowed?
Research tells us having our children present while we are processing trauma may not be healthy for them. Also, their presence can interrupt the flow of group for folks in attendance. 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.
Group schedules are subject to change based on needs of community. To ensure you have the most current schedule, you can call SASS’s business line at 541-484-9791 or visit our public calendar.
Self-identified women’s group
Self-identified men’s meet-up
Thursdays, time TBD
Self-identified members of the LGBTQIA+ community
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 4-5:30pm
SASS Services are always free
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 questions or are interested in participating in a closed group, or want to fill out a release so you can be contacted when groups are forming, etc., please contact Rebecca, our SASS counselor, at 541.603.6148 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that emails are inherently not as confidential as a direct phone call.