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About this group
The purpose of this group is to create a space for you to share, listen, learn and grow from others who've experienced sexual assault. For far too long, we've defined our sexual harassment and assault experiences as something we should keep private - something to be ashamed of acknowledging or reliving. With the #MeToo movement, we've seen we're not alone in our struggles and have witnessed the beauty in people willing to share their stories. This is a space for you to have opened and honest conversations and connect with others who understand. I look forward to getting to know you!
This group is free.
Originally from South Dakota, I had my world turned upside down by sexual assault after college and "fled" to San Francisco four years ago. In hindsight, it was the best decision I ever made and I could not be more grateful for the friends and networks I've developed in the Bay. I hope to give back to you in some way; whether it be through moral support, semi-funny jokes, or wine recommendations.
A message from our ambassador
In April 2015 I used my personal experience of sexual violence to set up the #NotGuilty campaign to help connect survivors of sexual assault for support, give them a voice, and reduce stigma around the issue and victim-blaming. I believe that Campfire groups are an invaluable idea for sexual assault survivors. It can be incredibly isolating to have gone through a trauma like sexual assault, and often it can be difficult to talk to even those closest to you such as family or friends. From getting survivors together online, attending support events, and running my own support groups in the past, I have heard from other survivors how much talking to other survivors and realizing that they are not alone in their experiences can be a huge help in itself. It is also a way to share ideas and support to help with recovery. The Campfire groups enable a safe and supportive space for survivors to connect, seek help and solidarity, and talk with others who can relate to them. Therapy and counseling services can often be very expensive, which can add an additional stress during times of trauma, so Campfire offers a cheap and more personal alternative from the comfort of somebody's own home!
Ione Wells, Journalist, TEDx speaker, #NotGuilty founder