Peer Support Group Meeting

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PERL provides the ONLY peer support group in the Memphis area for those have experienced sexual violence. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 17 from 6-7 pm at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.

** Ignore the "For Sale" sign on the front of our building. We are still here! Parking is behind the building. **

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This group will serve as a physical space for peer support of and by people who have been impacted by sexual violence.


- We view peer support as a key component of both healing and social action. Peer support involves empathetically guiding peers in a healthy, confidential, and purposeful discussion that strives to improve the lives of people who have been impacted by sexual violence.

- The peer support groups hosted by PERL depend on individuals to guide their peers through the process of the meetings. The groups are not led by professionals or certified "experts." They are led by people who have experienced sexual violence (and their family and loved ones) who serve as facilitators. These facilitators are not licensed or certified by any authority, but they have one thing in common: a shared purpose. That purpose is to improve the lives of people who have experienced sexual violence.


1. Share the air. Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

2. One person speaks at a time. Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

3. What is said here stays here. This is the essential principle of confidentiality and must be respected by all participants.

4. Differences of opinion are OK. We are all entitled to our own points of view.

5. We are all equal. Accept cultural, linguistic, social, and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

6. Use "I" language. Because we do not participate in peer support groups as credentialed professionals. We do not instruct or advise. We share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctors' recommendations). Example of "I" language: "In my experience, I have found ..."

7. It's OK not to share. Participants do not have to share about their own experiences if they do not wish to. Listening has its own therapeutic value.

8. It is everyone's responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.

9. We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.
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