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Support Groups

Consent Comes First offers a number of open and closed support groups throughout the year for Ryerson community members affected by sexual violence. The groups are an opportunity to learn and heal with your peers. There is power in connection. 

Information on the groups is available below. To inquire about our groups or to register please email osvse@ryerson.ca. Remember to check back regularly to learn of added groups, or follow us on Instagram, external link , external linkand Twitter, external link to receive updates.

Currently, Consent Comes First has three groups available to the Ryerson community. Due to COVID-19, we are hosting all our groups virtually for the time being. 


Throughout life, personal experiences become personal stories. We give these stories meaning, and these stories help shape our identities. “Writing A New Story” is a 4 week, closed group for students at Ryerson, where we explore how we can write our own stories of trauma, healing, and resilience in a supportive environment. The group uses Narrative Therapy tools and prompts as a non-pathologizing, empowering, and collaborative approach to allow people affected by sexual violence to start thinking about the stories they hold regarding their trauma, healing, and resilience. It recognizes that people have skills and expertise that can help guide change in their lives. To inquire about I’m Writing A New Story or to register please email osvse@ryerson.ca

We Heal Together is a monthly support group for Black folks looking for alternative community healing methods. This group acknowledges the systemic barriers and erasure of black folks in survivor-led spaces. As Black people, our experiences with sexual trauma and hypersexualization is influenced by colonialism and anti-Black racism. Healing from our traumas requires different alternative methods that are within a closed safe space for the Black community. We will provide alternative healing methods through mindfulness techniques, reclaiming our narratives and multiple art mediums with guest speakers to help us along our healing journeys. Facilitated by Cassandra Fullwood. To inquire about We Heal Together or to register please email osvse@ryerson.ca.

 

I Have the Right to Be is an 8-week self-directed online workshop series about exploring growing self-compassion while healing from sexual violence. Each week registered participants will receive via email insights, guided activities, and tools to nurture ourselves. Topics include exploring self-compassion, mindfulness, self-kindness, forming trusting connections, and self-care. To inquire about our groups or to register please email osvse@ryerson.ca.