Welcome to a place of health and healing, you are not alone.
Survivors of Incest Anonymous is a self-help, 12-step support group of women and men, 18 years or older, who know, suspect, or wish to further explore that they are survivors of sexual abuse.
We define incest very broadly as a sexual encounter initiated by a family member or extended family member that damaged the child. By "extended family" we mean an aunt, uncle, in-law, stepparent, cousin, a friend of the family, teacher, coach, another child, clergy, or anyone that betrayed the child's trust.
Penetration is not necessary for the experience to count as incest. We believe we were affected by the abuse whether it occurred once or many times since the damage is incurred immediately.
Incest survivors come from both sexes, all economic and social backgrounds, races, religions, nationalities, and sexual orientations. It is not uncommon for incest survivors to wonder if the experience really happened or if they imagined it. What is important for you to realize is that children DO NOT, on their own, imagine situations of sexual arousal or violation. That information is NOT within a child's realm of knowledge. As adults, if you think something happened, it probably did. The truth is shown by the emotions you feel as you try to remember.
There are no dues or fees. Everything that is said in the group meeting or member to member, is held in strict confidence. We do not have any professional therapists working in our group. SIA is not a replacement for therapy or any other professional service when needed.
Current perpetrators of child sexual abuse are not allowed in any SIA meeting. Our best wishes to you in your recovery.
You are not alone, and you are not to blame. Be gentle with the child within.