Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (SCSA)



Courage painting

Artwork from the participants of the SCSA support group

A peer-led support group for anyone who has survived child sexual abuse.  The Courage to Heal Workbook is an excellent step-by-step guide to healing and freedom from the effects of abuse experienced as a child and is used as a powerful and supportive tool by each participant.  Individuals share and process the workbook material in an open art making session.  This support group utilizes art journaling as a creative healing tool in a safe and confidential environment allowing participants the opportunity to move forward.


When:  1st & 3rd Thursday each month

Time:  6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Licking County Main Library, 101 West Main Street, Newark, OH 43055

Read a testimonial about this support group written by participant Donna Lee:

“I am a member of the Art Journaling class at the Main Place and the Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse support group at Mental Health America.  I am also a member of AA and NA.  I wandered into The Main Place with my husband for a drumming circle.  I had just begun to take my sobriety seriously after 20 years of failing to sponsor myself.  I found the Art Journaling class first and a flyer taped to a window about S.C.S.A.  I began to attend the journaling on a somewhat regular basis.  I have always loved art and was convinced I needed to be high to do it. My eyes began to open.  I took notes at AA meetings and began drawing cartoons of people who were sharing or texting through the meetings.  I began to really notice changes in my life and how I looked at myself and my sobriety.  I knew I had to reach out to Shari for help with the trauma of being raised by a pedophile.  It was the root of my addictions.  My life truly changed when I found that group.  Today, I have 2 years, 7 months and 5 days sober, 4 paintings going at the same time and paint in my hair.  I’ve never been happier.  Thank you Shari!  I love you all.”

Donna Lee