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#1 person913

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 10:53 AM

I'm not sure how many of you know about SIA (Survivors of Incest Anonymous), but it's this really great, self-help group based on the 12 steps, like in Alcoholics Anonymous, but geared towards sexual abuse survivors. The group's basic set of beliefs is that by developing a loving, healing relationship with your inner child and whatever you see as your higher power, and by doing so in the company of others doing the same kind of work, you can heal from the abuse. Personally, I've found most of the treatments I've gone through to be of little or no help, but I feel like SIA is really helping me and, because of that, I'm starting two new SIA groups- one online, and one in person (if you're in New York and you want more info about the in-person group, feel free to contact me about the in-person groups). The word "incest," according to SIA, includes sexual abuse by ANYONE the child was led to trust.

The online group is going to involve a typical SIA meeting, which includes everyone getting a chance to share what's going on with them and hearing brief readings (basically about how innocent and wonderful we are), and then, I'm adding an additional component to the typical SIA meeting, which is that we'll read a brief passage from a book about inner child healing, do an exercise from the book, and then share about that with the group.

Unfortunately, SIA rules state that those under the age of 18 cannot participate in SIA meetings. Pro-survivors (people who support survivors but have not been abused) are not allowed at this meeting, although there are some that allow them. Also, perpetrators of sexual abuse may not join. Women AND men are welcome at this online meeting.

Anyway, if any of you are interested in joining, the online group is meeting Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at http://meetingsonline.com. When you get onto the site, all you need to do is click "Chat Now," which will bring you to a screen that will ask for a name that you want to be called by and which avatar you want to choose to represent your presence in the group, and then, under groups, scroll all the way down and hit "SIA Room." Yeah, so that's basically it. I hope to 'see' you all on Wednesday!

#2 Tiffy

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 12:05 AM

Sounds like something I may be interested in. I bookmarked the site. Thanks for sharing!

#3 Pavitra

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 10:28 AM

Thank you for sharing this. I was participating in a phone meeting for a while before I lost their information and I found it helpful.

#4 PittDiva

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 02:05 PM

Sounds interesting! I'm also looking for a face 2 face group in my area as well, but if I can't find one, maybe this would be good?
Does it have to be incest or can it be sexual abuse in general??

#5 jennabklyn

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 08:36 AM

Thank you so much for this!! :)
I feel like I am now ready to try SIA meetings after having been in Alanon for 3 years (also a great 12 step group for those affected by another person's drinking). I live in NYC and would like to try a face to face meeting. Could you recommend one?
Thanks SO much!

#6 ChristinaI

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 06:32 PM

Thank you so much for posting this. I've been looking for something like this.

#7 Paulabrave

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 01:40 PM

Just wanted to give you all an update on the website link to SIA (Survivors of Incest Anonymous) 


The main website is located at: http://www.siawso.org/


The online meeting directory is located at: http://www.siawso.org/page-7166


Their online store where you may order literature is located at: http://siawso.flyingcart.com/


They also have some literature available for immediate download at: http://www.siawso.org/page-1633106


They also have an SIA Coming Home Phone Line meeting at: http://www.siacominghomephoneline.org/



Hope this helps.

#8 Cookinggal1991

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 08:41 AM

Thank you I had no idea about this.

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