The wonderful 'Not Your Fault' Support group have been meeting at GAS since June. They are a peer-led support group for all men (trans, cis, & intersex) and all non-binary people (masc, femme, both, neither) who have experienced sexual violence.
This space is for anyone who feels that they will benefit from it, or who has been turned away from other services or doesn't feel comfortable navigating them e.g. because they are too gendered.
Below is some detailed information about our meetings, gender policy, accessibility, our travel fund, upcoming meeting dates, and donation information.
more info here: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourFaultgroup/
In person meetings
We meet fortnightly at Glasgow Autonomous Space. You can discuss as much or as little as you want; everything discussed at the meetings will be considered confidential. You can arrive or leave at any time throughout the meeting.
Online group meetings
The online chat group is secret, private, and anonymous. We use hack.chat, which does not ask for any identifying information or email signup; all you need to do is pick a screen name. Message us for the secret link, or ask a friend to get the link for you if you don't want us to know you've asked for it. The link will be different for every meeting.
Anyone who self-defines as a man or non-binary is welcome in our group. We will not be policing the gender(s) of our members and assume that anyone who attends is there because they feel like this group will be helpful to them. Femmes are welcome! We especially welcome anyone who feels unsafe/uncomfortable navigating "women and non-binary" spaces.
What does "peer-led" mean?
It means that—while we have experience in counseling, pastoral care, and accountability processes—we are not professional counselors or therapists. It also means that we operate the group with a non-hierarchical structure, with a focus on solidarity. We try to listen and support one another, rather than tell anyone what to do.
Attendance to the meetings is free. If you need financial assistance to cover travel costs (including taxis for anyone who is unable to or unsafe traveling on public transit), please message us and we will cover as much of your costs as possible. If you'd like to donate to our travel fund, you can do so here: https://www.paypal.me/notyourfault
We will not ask for any identifying information, or proof of age or address. We will not pressure you to report anything to the police, though we will support you through any reports you choose to make. We are sex worker friendly. If you have any questions, please ask!
Dates for future meetings:
Wednesday 25th July 2018
Wednesday 8th August 2018
Wednesday 22nd August 2018
All at 5:00–6:30pm. You can arrive and leave at any time.
If you'd like to donate to help empower survivors to support survivors, you can make a one-off donation here: https://www.paypal.me/notyourfault
and become a patreon here: http://patreon.com/mrgnp
All donations go directly into the group: covering costs of running the group like printing flyers, the travel subsidy fund, donating a contribution to the community space we use for meetings, and (if there's anything left over) paying the group facilitators for their time.