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 email@example.com. Remember to check back regularly to learn of added groups, or follow us on Instagram, external link and Twitter, external link to receive updates.
Currently, Consent Comes First has four groups available to the Ryerson community. Due to COVID-19, we are hosting all our groups virtually for the time being.
Winter 2021 Groups
I'm Writing A New Story
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.
Tenderqueers - A Self-Care Group for LGBTQIA2S+ Survivors
Tender Queers is a 4-week virtual group where LGBTQ+ folks can make connections, explore self-care tools, and take a breath! Throughout the 4 weeks, we will explore different themes connected to self-care through writing, mindfulness, art, and conversation. This group is open to Ryerson students who are LGBTQ2SI and have been affected by gender-based violence.
LGBTQ+ survivors can experience unique challenges in healing from gender-based violence in addition to potential feelings of isolation and barriers in accessing support during a global pandemic. This group aims to create a space where LGBTQ+ survivors can connect with others and feel supported, as well as, build on and develop strategies for self-care.
Bloom - A Muslim Writing Group
Bloom for Muslim students, is a 4 week group aiming to invite Muslim students to participate in guided journaling activities under the supervision of Zanab Jafry, a Muslim sexual violence specialist at Consent Comes First.
There are a number of barriers Muslim students face in their pursuit of seeking safe spaces dedicated to healing from trauma, and especially trauma borne of gender based violence.
Among these hurdles is the colonial and Islamophobic gaze through which the experiences of Muslim survivors are viewed. Others include assumptions about why Muslims may or may not choose to openly discuss their experiences, or how to share what they have been through, and expectations about how Muslims should heal serve as deterrents and create an environment that is unlikely to promote healing.
We Heal Together
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.
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