Sisters in Strength

Groups aid girls who’ve faced sex abuse

BY MARYCLAIRE DALE and JOCELYN NOVECK

Associated Press

Monday, March 18

NEW YORK (AP) — The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, plastic toys and dolls, oils and crystals, a glitter-filled wand.

They arrive at the end of a school day in their usual hoodies and jeans, their smiles and easy banter masking the painful experiences that bring them together: This group is called “Sisters in Strength,” and its members are survivors of sexual violence, or their allies and supporters.

There’s a high school senior who describes being raped at 14, by a family friend she considered a big brother. She endured

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