It isn’t always easy for us to open up to others about our experiences, struggles, and achievements as survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual abuse / assault, child abuse, and childhood sexual abuse. If you are a survivor of any of these (or know someone who is) and you have an account on Twitter, there are weekly chats for us to share our experiences, express our struggles, and get (and provide) much-needed emotional support and encouragement. The chat topics vary weekly, but no matter the topic, you will always find kindness and loving support free of criticism, judgment, and victim blaming.
Monday nights at 9 p.m. EST, you can participate in #domesticviolencechat For further information, you can contact chat creator @FinaBianco or myself @AMarie9619
Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST, you can participate in #sexabusechat For further information, you can contact @TruthIsHers and @RachelintheOC
#sexabusechat is geared toward survivors of childhood sexual abuse, but several survivors of domestic violence contribute to discussions there each week. If you feel more comfortable watching the chats at first without contributing, please do so. It will give you a feel for the group dynamics in addition to providing you with feedback and encouragement. The environment at both chats is very supportive, so once you do feel comfortable contributing, your input, courage, and strength will be much appreciated and respected by all.
If you have found yourself unable to build the support you need for whatever you are struggling with (or if you want to make new connections), these chat groups are both great places to start. Several us have our names and faces on our accounts, but if you do not feel comfortable revealing this, you do not have to do this. This is a personal choice and we all understand your need for safety and anonymity in these situations. Our goals are to encourage, support, and heal ourselves and each other.