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My Story, My Terms

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply as a participant?

This program is for women (cis or trans), femaleidentifying, non-binary, or gender nonconforming individuals who are survivors of sexual assault.


Is there an age requirement to attend this workshop series?

Yes. Participants in this workshop series must be 18 years or older.


What criteria is used to accept participants into the workshop series?

All participants who apply to participate in the workshop series will undergo a screening process. Participants will be screened by a trauma-informed therapist to determine that they are: currently supported by counseling services; are able to read and write in English on a third grade level or higher; are able to attend every session of the workshop; and are mentally and emotionally prepared to participate.

We do not accept participants who are currently engaged in any ongoing civil or criminal litigation or who may have any current acute mental health issues or recent experience with self-harm, suicidal ideation or behaviors.


Is there a cost to participate?

No. Accepted participants are provided free tuition to the workshop sessions and the needed materials to fully participate. A stipend of $150 will be provided to all participants to cover costs associated with participation. The stipend will be given following the last day to participants who attend all four sessions. For those who may incur additional costs to participate, an increased stipend will be considered on a case by case basis.


Will on-site child care be provided?*

We are not able to offer on-site child care. 


Will the workshop series take place in a location that is fully accessible and inclusive?*

Yes, the site has elevator access and is near major public transportation.


Do I have to be able to attend all four sessions of this series?

Yes. Each workshop session builds on the previous sessions, so a commitment to attend all of the sessions is critical. This also helps to create a workshop environment that is safe and comfortable, where participants and facilitators truly come to know and understand each other.


What mental health supports are available to me throughout the series?

There will be a trained crisis counselor available during the sessions. Contact information for free and low-cost counseling will also be made available to participants at the beginning of the series. 


Will I be required to share my story with the group?

No. Each participant is given an opportunity to share work created during the workshop sessions and participate in ongoing discussions. But sharing is strictly voluntary. If, when, and how you share your story is a deeply personal choice that will be supported.


Will my story be used on websites or other social media platforms?

Women’s Justice NOW would not do so without your explicit permission.


*Due to Covid-19, the workshops are currently taking place online via Zoom.