To the courageous,

Thank you for taking this brave step to learn more and possibly seek help. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I can understand some of your feelings of fear, anxiousness and the desire to keep this secret buried so far inside that you become numb. But the truth is, you never do.

Brave Step was created to help you begin and navigate the journey to heal, whether you are a parent of a child who was sexually abused, a spouse of a survivor or the courageous one who has endured the unspeakable. We are here to help you find your voice and hope.

You are brave simply by taking this step. Let’s heal ourselves so we can help our children and grandchildren so they never experience sexual abuse. Best of luck as you join Brave Step in this journey.

With admiration for your bravery,

Crystal

Founder, Brave Step

 

Emergency Hotline

If you are in need of emergency help, please contact 911 or call (704) 358-2800 for 24-hour emergency mental health.

Applicant Criteria

The following criteria apply.

  1. Any person over 18
  2. Has experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault at any time
  3. Is experiencing struggle in daily life
  4. Is capable of participating in talk therapy
  5. Is willing to commit to and participate in their own recovery/healing

Individuals are not eligible to receive services if the person:

  1. Is receiving therapy services elsewhere (specific to individual or group therapy).
  2. Has a severe dissociative disorder.
  3. Has a severe developmental or communication disorder that would prevent them from participating in talk therapy.
  4. Is actively abusing alcohol or drugs in a manner that would prevent them from participating in therapy.  It is expected that an individual would be referred for substance abuse treatment prior to participating in therapy for sexual trauma.
  5. Has one or more convictions for sexual assault.

Family members, such as parents, siblings, immediate family members, spouses or close friends of sexual abuse survivors may apply to receive support group services if they meet these criteria:

  1. Any person over 18
  2. Has experienced sexual trauma at any time OR
  3. Is a family member or friend of someone who has experienced sexual trauma
  4. Is experiencing struggle in daily life
  5. Is capable of participating in talk therapy
  6. Is willing to commit to and participate in their own recovery/healing

Family members or close friends may not be accepted to participate in support group services if the person:

  1. Is receiving therapy services elsewhere.
  2. Has a severe dissociative disorder.
  3. Has a severe developmental or communication disorder that would prevent them from participating in talk therapy.
  4. Is actively abusing alcohol or drugs in a manner that would prevent them from participating in therapy.
  5. Demonstrates negative behavior that might harm other members of the support group or efforts of the group at large.

Courageous Corner Support Group

Men and women affected by sexual abuse can participate in a free survivor-led support group called Courageous Corner, a place where we are in this together on the good days and bad. You can ask questions or simply support others in their journey.

We meet the first and third Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m. For an updated schedule and meeting details, please email support@bravestep.org.

Counseling, Empowerment Programs & More 

Brave Step custom designs its services to best meet the needs of an individual. Options for support include individual and group therapy with carefully-selected therapists, empowerment programs and finding one’s voice by gaining the confidence to speak out.        

Brave Step offers its services free of charge. However, it does apply a “commitment fee” at the inception of services. This is a $50 refundable charge to ensure the courageous are invested in the process. If the curriculum that is outlined for you is completed within the agreed upon terms, the $50 will be refunded. If not, the $50 becomes a tax-deductible donation to Brave Step.  

To learn if you qualify for Brave Step's counseling programs, please contact support@bravestep.org

Online Support & Resources

You do not have to face this alone. Brave Step is here to support you every step of the way with an online community created by and for victors of sexual abuse. If you’ve lived with this secret for years and/or never had anyone that understands, we are here for you. A place where you are safe, understood and supported. 

Brave Step has a closed, private Facebook group available. This is intended for survivors of sexual abuse, parents or spouses to share their testimony, ask questions and be understood.https://www.facebook.com/groups/BraveStep/

Why should I join?

  • Get support from others who have walked a mile in your shoes.
  • Read other “me too” stories that inspire you and remind you you’re not alone.
  • Share your experiences and help others.
  • Strengthen yourself and ultimately your family through this free program.
  • Access is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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