How to Survive Your First SIA Meeting
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Generally, meetings are divided into types: open and closed. Open meetings are meetings everyone can attend, whether or not they are survivors. If you have a therapist, family members, or friends who provide support for you, they are "co-survivors" or “pro-survivors” and are welcome at open meetings. Most SIA meetings are closed. Closed meetings are for survivors of child sexual abuse only. No perpetrators of child abuse are allowed in any SIA meeting. You are welcome here even if you have no clear memories of the abuse. You will not be discounted because what happened to you seems "minor." You will not be rejected because your abuse seems too terrible. If you feel you belong here, we welcome you.