Benefits

Support groups can be a powerful healing resource, helping to mitigate the effects of sexual trauma. Through RVAP's support groups, participants can create connections in a safe space through a variety of activities and subjects.

Scheduled Support Groups

See the groups below for more information and attendance instructions. If you're a person with a disability who requires an accommodation or a non-English speaker requiring interpretation services in order to participate, please contact RVAP in advance at 319-335-6001 or rvap@uiowa.edu to arrange services.


Stand Tall, Sit Powerfully: A Trauma-Informed Dance Workshop for Survivors

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Date: Saturday April 30th
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: All The Way Up Studio, 2910 Stoner Ct. #6, North Liberty IA 52317 (Google Maps)

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program and All The Way Up Studio are proud to partner up during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to provide a free dance workshop for survivors. Participants will have the chance to reconnect with their bodies and gain confidence through movement and dance. They will also learn how to integrate the use of props, like chairs and bandanas, in their movement (these items will be provided by the studio). No previous dance experience is required. Instructors will guide participants through empowering dance techniques, teach a short routine, and allow time at the end of the workshop for participants to independently or collectively play with some of the things they learned. Participants are asked to bring a pair of clean, comfortable shoes or they may dance in socks or barefoot.

Advocates will be available during and after the workshop.

Pre-registration for this event is required and the class will be limited to 15 participants. To register, or if you have any questions about the event, please contact Ashley Lindley at ashley-lindley@uiowa.edu.


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Moving Toward Wholeness

Four-week series on Mondays: April 4, 11, 18, 25. 7 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.
At RVAP, 108 River St. Iowa City, IA

Moving Toward Wholeness is a guided dance/movement experiential four-week series for those who have experienced trauma and are looking for a trauma-informed caring space to explore their ongoing healing. Participants will use free-form dance/movement, a modality that encourages following one’s personal body rhythms (not steps to a routine), with a reflective inward focus to explore key topics of Safety, Resilience, Transformation, and Integration.

There will be a guiding structure for each class, with a goal of individual exploration, as well as an opportunity for some sharing. No previous dance experience necessary. All bodies and identities welcome. The class will be taught by Adina Levitt, MSW graduate student; RVAP staff Venissa White will also support participants on site. There is no cost for this four-week series.

Schedule

  • Week #1, April 4 - Safety
  • Week #2, April 11 - Resilience
  • Week #3, April 18 - Transformation
  • Week #4, April 25 - Integration

More information

  • Limited to six participants
  • No previous dance experience required.
  • Pre-registration required, questions welcome: adina-levitt@uiowa.edu.

For questions or to register please contact: adina-levitt@uiowa.edu.


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Healing Group for Coffee Lovers

9:00 -10:30 a.m. every other Saturday (starting January 29th)
At RVAP, 108 River St. Iowa City, IA

Participants will learn to make various coffee drinks, including macchiatos and lattes, and have a space to connect with other survivors. Please fill out the survey in advance to sign up at https://forms.gle/ifpDXThzd9pThgUh9.

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Future Groups

To express interest in a group or be contacted when groups are scheduled, call 319-335-6000.

If you are a University of Iowa student click here to see WRAC's (Women's Resource & Action Center) support and discussion groups!

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact RVAP in advance at 319-335-6001 or email rvap@uiowa.edu.