"Imprints" Survivor Art Project
This April--as part of national Sexual Violence Prevention Month--we want to bring to light the experiences of sexual violence survivors on our campus and in our community.
Has sexual violence left an imprint on your life? Join the Hamre Center for Health & Wellness, Office of Title IX & Equity, and Macalester College Student Government as we work to create an art project to honor the varied experiences of sexual violence survivors on our campus. Macalester College actively seeks to dismantle rape culture and prevent sexual assault, but it is often framed in terms of activism and ideology. It's important to expand those efforts to include the lived experiences of survivors: students, staff, and faculty. We would like to hear, validate, and hold your stories as a community. Through this project we hope to visually represent an often-silenced group.
We invite all survivors of sexual violence to participate in this project by visiting DeWitt Wallace Library 408 between 4-6 p.m. on April 3-8th. In this room--indicated by a teal hand-print sign on the door--we welcome you to place your hand-print in paint on the canvas provided. If you feel inspired to share more, you are invited to answer the question--"How has sexual violence left an imprint on your life?"--in either the journal provided in the library study room or by visiting the online form. Know that this writing will be confidentially shared at an event on campus on April 27th. Thank you for courage and willingness to share. If you choose not to share, that's okay too; we stand with you in whatever ways you need to heal. Please see the support resources below, as well.
Support For Survivors
Download brochure (PDF) of Resources and Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Because We Are Not Alone A confidential, on-campus group offering support and facilitating healing and coping. Open to Mac students of any gender who have experienced sexual assault (sexual abuse, rape, and other forms of non-consensual sexual contact). For a required pre-group meeting, contact Macalester Counselor Liz Schneider-Bateman at 651-696-6204.
Queer Survivor A free, confidential, off-campus support group for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence or past or present sexual abuse. Facilitated by the Anti-Violence Program of OutFront Minnesota and meets weekly at the Minneapolis offices of OutFront Minnesota. To learn more or sign up, contact email@example.com.
Books and Readings
The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-by-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault – Aphrodite Matsakis
Quest for Respect: A Healing Guide for Survivors of Rape – Linda Braswell
Beyond Our Control: Restructuring Your Life After Sexual Assault – Leila Ray Summerfield
Still Loved by the Sun: A Rape Survivor's Journal - Migael Scherer
Voices of Courage A book by twelve survivors of sexual assault - edited by Mike Domitrz
The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms – Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula
Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - Ellen Bass & Laura Davis.
The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse - Wendy Malz
Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Woman's Workbook by Mary Ellen Copeland and Maxine Harris
The Survivor's Guide to Sex: How to Have an Empowered Sex Life After Childhood Sexual Abuse by Staci Haines
It Happened to Me: A Teen's Guide to Overcoming Sexual Abuse by William Lee Carter
The Courage to Heal Workbook: For Women and Men survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - Laura Davis
Allies in Healing: When the Person you Love was Sexually Abused as a Child, For family, friends, and partners of survivors – Laura Davis
Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse - Mike Lew
Providing students and their allies with programs, resources, and opportunities to address sexual violence.
Offers a message board and chat room, free lending library, and numerous articles and resources. They welcome all survivors of sexual violence. Has links to handouts on healthy sexuality after sexual assault, as well as many other issues concerning sexual assault.
Designed to help victims become survivors, and communicate in the recovery of sexual violence. Their mission is to support, empower, validate, and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters. The core of their organization is a support group, message board, and chat room where victims and survivors come together online in a mutually supportive and safe environment.
Website committed to promoting healthy sexuality, with particular attention to survivors of sexual abuse.