FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YWCA offers free support groups for individuals affected by the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing
October 4, 2018
YWCA Greater Austin is opening its doors to community members who want to discuss the effects of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearing on their communities and themselves. The confirmation hearing process has once again, shed light on toxic masculinity. Sexual assault, sexually charged crudeness, and men’s behavior is excused while women are being blamed, accused of creating stories, or ridiculed for breaking their silence. It has been triggering and deregulating.
YWCA Clinic Director, Laura Gomez-Horton, notes that: “For those who have been victimized, there is a reported increase in anxiety, frustration, disbelief, and anger. For many, the narcissism, male privilege and disregard of humanity has brought back a past that they’ve attempted to forget. Others have discovered this moment to be the tipping point that finally made them break their silence.”
The whirlwind of realities, feelings, possibilities and fears survivors and community members may feel is often eased through social connection. Thus, YWCA Greater Austin will be offering several no-cost drop-in support groups in the next few weeks on:
Saturday, October 6, at 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9 at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Groups will be held at YWCA Greater Austin’s office located at 2015 S IH-35, Ste. 110, Austin, Texas 78741. Pre-registration is not required. YWCA Greater Austin also offers free counseling services to victims of crime and women veterans. Formore Information call 512.326.1222
Laura Gomez-Horton, LCSW
512.326.1222, xt. 117
Angela-Jo Touza-Medina, M.A., LL.M.
512.326.1222, xt. 114
About YWCA Austin
Founded in 1907, YWCA Austin is the first and the longest serving agency in Central Texas to work to eliminate racism and empower women. Today, YWCA Austin combines programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Located in Austin at 2015 S Interstate 35 # 110, Austin, TX 78741 or visit online to learn more http://www.ywcaaustin.org.