Tamar has helped numerous individuals receive healing from the effects of sexual abuse. This support group is designed to aid each participant in breaking and overcoming the grief, sorrow, and shame associated with sexual abuse. We have been successful in unlocking the joy and self worth that has been trapped and suppressed, in some case for years, inside of our participants. Many have not only received freedom from the bondage of sexual abuse but have become committed to helping others do the same.
The Support GroupTamar seeks to empower all those affected by sexual abuse by providing them with proven principles. These principles, along with the application of the participant, will empower an individual to become whole and healthy—spiritually, relationally, and emotionally. We provide a 12-week support group that unveils the many sides of sexual abuse. This group is lead by sexual abuse survivors and compassionate persons who have a desire to serve as an instrument of healing and restoration in the lives of those affected by sexual abuse.
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Have I been abused?Many men and women are staggering through life wondering if their particular incident classifies as sexual abuse. Since starting this sexual abuse class in 2004, it has been alarming how many people are unaware that they have actually been sexually abuse. As we have made people aware of the various types of sexual abuse (see list below) participants have been able to find healing in an area in which they previously thought they had no recourse. We urge you to look over the list, whether it is for personal examination, or to aid someone else.
Child Sexual Abuse
The sexual abuse of children by adults or by older children or peers who dominate and control through sexual activity. Older boys who make girls undress and then fondle them, for example. It can be committed by strangers but most often is perpetrated by adults or older children in trusted caretaking roles.
The most common form of child sexual abuse. Sexual abuse of children by other family members, including mother or father, step-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
Sexual abuse involving sexual stimulation to body and genital areas, including penetration. It can happen at any age, by a perpetrator of any age.
Violence, anger, and power expressed sexually in an attack on a victim. It may involve penetration of body openings (oral, anal, and vaginal) but does not have to.
Date or Acquaintance Rape
Sexual abuse, not necessarily violent perpetrated by someone known to the victim, often a peer in a trusted social relationship.
Sexual abuse perpetrated by one spouse on the other or by a sexual partner in any long-term committed relationship.
Physical attack to victims sexual body parts, often involving force or violence. This term can cover a wide range of activities and often describes the rape of boys and men.
Exhibitionism or Exposure
Displaying the naked body or parts of the naked body in an effort to shock, intimidate, or sexually arouse a victim.
Invasion of a victim's privacy either secretively or openly with the intent of gaining sexual gratification.
Obscene Phone Calls
Invasion of a victim's privacy with sexually suggestive messages over the telephone in an effort to shock, intimidate, or sexually arouse a victim.
Sadistic Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse in which the offender incites or tries to incite reactions of dread, horror, or pain in the victim as a means of increasing the offender's sexual arousal during the abuse. May involve use of physical restraint, quasi-religious rituals, multiple simultaneous perpetrators, use of animals, insertion of foreign objects, mutilation or torture.
Objectification and use of victims, by means of sexual activity or photographic imagery, to gain money or sexual gratification.