Survivors often have a sense of isolation. It's hard to reach out and risk trusting people, but we can start by reaching out to other survivors, the ones who know how we feel, because they feel it too. It's a great relief to realise that there are others who have the same fears, feelings, problems, hopes and dreams. That we are not alone.
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International support programs
E-groups and online forums
Being part of a support group gives us a sense of belonging, and of hope. We interact with people who truly understand what we are going through, because they too have been there. It's a place to express ourselves safely, without having to worry about blame, disapproval, anger or lack of understanding. In a support group there will be times when we can draw on other survivors' strengths, and times when we find our own strength bubbling up from within, in someone else's time of need.
International Support Programs:
E-groups and Online Forums:
The Internet has many forums that you can join. Message boards and e-groups can be your online support group, if you don't have an actual group in your neighbourhood.