Support Groups

For help after a sexual assault, read about potential options.

Surviving Sexual Assault Support Groups

Sexual Assault Support Services offers 8-12 week support groups for survivors of sexual assault. When 6-8 participants show interest in a group, the group will begin. SASS offers support groups for adult survivors of sexual assault, with appropriate gender group separation. In addition, SASS offers educational support groups for partners and non-offending parents. These groups are intended to help survivors gain further knowledge and understanding of the effects of sexual assault in their lives and to find support in a safe confidential environment. In particular, these groups are mindful of the help and support survivors can provide for each other. These groups will support each participant, creating an empowering environment where participants can learn new coping skills, and address personal goals.

Coping Skills Group

Sexual Assault Support Services offers a coping skills group for adult survivors of sexual assault, parents of sexually victimized children and partners of survivors of sexual assault. When 6-8 participants show interest in a group, the group will begin. This series is intended to help participants gain further knowledge and understanding of the effects of sexual assault and how to develop healthy coping skills. In a safe, supportive environment, members will have an opportunity to learn and ask questions about coping skills, as well as give and receive support to other group members.

How Do I Join a Group?

Groups are organized with the needs and experiences of each participant in mind. Contact the office for a group application.

For more information, or to register for any of these groups please call the main office at (603) 436-4107 during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm), or leave a voicemail message after hours. If you chose to leave a voicemail message and would like us to return your call, please be specific with what we can say in a message.

A Note on Confidentiality

As a survivor of sexual assault you have the right to confidentiality, under New Hampshire law RSA-173C. Sexual Assault Support Services recognizes that the Internet is not a confidential medium. Please do not email the office with any personal sexual assault history. If email is the best way for you to contact us, please include in the email the best way for us to respond. Let us know how we may specifically reach you. May we leave a message on your answering machine? May we call you at work? Is it better to reach you by mail? Although the Internet and email are very convenient ways to reach us, it is not confidential and SASS wants all individuals accessing our services to have the benefit of confidential communications.

Upcoming Groups:
Support Group for Adult Female Survivors in Portsmouth
*Date extended - Beginning November 4th to December 22nd (Tuesday evenings)
For more information please contact Client Services Coordinator, Joi Smith at (603) 436-4107. To apply for this group please download the following form and mail it to SASS, 7 Junkins Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class
Sponsored by SASS and Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action (SATYA)
In the words of Bessel A. van der Kolk, “the body keeps the score”. If you have experienced a trauma, be it physical, psychological or sexual, whether it was a single event or happened over a period of time, you carry an imprint. Because your body has been affected, it makes sense to use a body centered approach to treat trauma. Trauma Sensitive Yoga is rooted in body awareness. Movement and breath help participants have a safe present moment experience. Please download this brochure for more information about TSY classes.

There is no fee to attend a TSY class. For those interested, please call SASS at 603-436-4107.

Support groups are on-going and more will be introduced in the new year for non-offending parents and partners as well as a support group for coping skills. If these groups do not apply to you, please let us know how we can support you. Please call SASS at 603-436-4107 or

For additional resources for support, visit our Links page.

If You Need Help

Call our 24-hour toll-free crisis hotline:
(888) 747-7070

or (603) 436-1627.