Sexual Violence Survivors Support Groups
MTN is proud to share that we are partnering with the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) and several of their local affiliates to bring transgender and gender non conforming (TGNC) specific sexual violence survivor support groups to Maine. This program, one of the first of its kind, will offer a confidential and safe environment for TGNC to talk about their experiences as survivors, to learn coping skills, access resources, and create a community or support.
We will have three groups, one each in Portland, Lewiston, and Bangor. Each group will meet between 5 and 8 times in early 2019, meeting once a week. Each group will be facilitated by a MaineTransNet facilitator who has received additional training in sexual violence support, and a staff member of a local sexual assault response agency, who has received numerous hours of cultural competency education on transgender issues.
How to Join a Group:
Due to the very personal subject matter of these groups, they will not be open to the general community as most of our other groups are. Instead, folks interested in participating will fill out a simple form linked below indicating which region they are in, and how best to get into contact with them. The results of this form will only be visible to MTN staff, and will be shared with the facilitators of the regional group.
Once shared, the regional group facilitators will contact you to set up a time to meet, either in person or over the phone for a brief interview about your interests in and goals for participating in the group, to go over some safety considerations for the group,and to discuss any concerns you might have about participating.
After everyone has been interviewed, the facilitators will decide on who will be invited to join this group and share meeting information with them. This decision is about making sure it is a safe and compatible group of participants with similar goals. If for some reason you are not invited to join the group, the facilitators will discuss alternative ideas for getting support, or might suggest that you consider joining a future version of this program.