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Finding Our Voices is a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs that sponsors an art exhibit each April. The event showcases artistic expressions of survivors of sexual abuse and their allies. Artists are invited to exhibit in the annual April FOV Art Show for Sexual Abuse Awareness Month (SAAM)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Finding Our Voices + DBSA = Support Group

Did you know that DBSA offers a self-help support group for Women Survivors of Sexual Assault with Mood Disorders? DBSA is the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (Colorado Springs chapter). Mood disorders include PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder; formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder), Bipolar Disorder (also known as manic-depression).... as well as other conditions. It is not unusual for rape victims or adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse to feel helpless, overwhelmed, confused, and resentful without making the connection that the physical and the psychological pain may be related to past sexual trauma. When combined with treatment and counseling, DBSA support groups can provide a place for mutual acceptance and help you understand that having a mood disorder and a history of sexual abuse does not define who you are.

Meetings are free of charge and are currently held at 7 PM on Wednesdays. The group is currently being facilitated by Joyce Aubrey. Call 719-477-1515 for location or email help@dbsacoloradosprings.org

The mission of DBSA is "To improve the lives of people living with mood disorders." Members of Finding Our Voices have trained to be facilitators of this unique DBSA support group to align with community services that promote healing from childhood sexual abuse.

Post completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story


  1. As one of the facilitators of this peer support group I invite survivors and those who support them to join us to learn how others are coping with the after-effects of sexual assault. We don't claim to have answers, but we are convinced that an important part of dealing with abuse is knowing that one is not alone in the challenges faced. It is always affirming for me to learn that others have similar fears, physical reactions, triggers and limitations. I look forward to greeting you at the Wed night support group.

  2. What a fantastic resource!

  3. Hi I'm Kristen,moved up from Buffalo NY am on SSDI and have no car unfortunately, this group would be a tremendous help to me right now, anyone in the Colorado Springs area able to help me out transportation wise will give gas money if needed,look forward to hearing from u.