Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes any type of unwanted sexual contact-either in person or online-including sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Sexual violence is a societal problem that can have lasting effects on survivors, their families, friends, and communities. This community circle is designed to unpack and understand the effects of trauma from sexual violence.
The library will facilitate the community discussion using the model of circles, which honors our stories, community relationships, and ability to keep learning from each other.
About community circles
Circles are a structured process to build community where everyone feels connected and respected in their authentic selves. Led by library staff who are certified facilitators, we come together to explore a subject by asking a series of questions and providing all with an equal opportunity to share, listen to one another, and reflect on the importance to their own lives. Circles as we practice them are rooted in the traditional practices of Indigenous cultures in North America. This program is led by trained Circle Keepers and Librarians Rose Barnes and Beronica Puhr.
About partnership with Pillars Community Health Sexual Assault Services
A trained clinical counselor and advocate, certified by the state of Illinois to provide crisis intervention and support, will be present at the circle for individual assistance. On top of providing emotional support, they can answer any questions about the legal or medical process for survivors, offer referrals, and complete counseling intake for interested participants.