It has been an exciting semester for SAPAC’s Peer Led Support Group (PLSG), a confidential, peer-facilitated community that provides a space for student survivors of sexual violence to discuss concerns and practice self-care. PLSG meets twice a week, on Sunday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30. At meetings, we begin by encouraging participants to discuss their weekly “highs” and “lows,” what they have done outside of meetings for self care, and any other concerns that they are interested in bringing to the group. If there is time after this discussion, we engage in semi-structured self care activities, some favorites being collaging and glitter jars. As facilitators, one of the most rewarding aspects of this experience for us has been seeing the community grow over the last semester, both in terms of size and in the strength and power of the relationships and sources of support that develop within this space.
This semester, we have also had the exciting opportunity of spreading information about PLSG to other schools around the state and the country. We have had the honor of engaging with students at Stanford and NYU who have reached out to us asking for information and advice about starting their own support groups at their schools. We also had the fantastic experience of facilitating a breakout session at the Activating Our Campus Conference, which gave us the opportunity to discuss self-care and the importance of spaces like PLSG with representatives from over a dozen schools in the state of Michigan.
We look forward to seeing the PLSG continue to grow and have a positive impact on the lives of survivors at Michigan.