Recovery group takes field trip

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SALEM – With a STOP Grant from the Maine Justice Assistance Council, Sexual Assault Victims’ Emergency Services (SAVES) provided a Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Support Group for teens in Franklin County.

Kristen Plummer, SAVES school-based advocate, and Diane Wilson, school nurse, took eight Mt. Abram High School students on a field trip to Crescent Beach State Park, the Portland Museum of Art and DeMillo’s Floating Restaurant on June 1.

The trip was a fun way for the students to wrap up the work they had accomplished during the support group meetings.

Throughout the trip, topics of conversation included healthy relationships, sexual abuse, substance abuse, trust and friendships and how each of those areas can affect people’s lives.

Plummer said, “The girls seemed very doubtful and untrusting at the beginning of the support group. However, at the end, the girls organized a tribute to the facilitators and administrators at Mt. Abram that supported the group, which was a wonderful surprise!”

SAVES has been active in Franklin County high schools for many years, providing presentations and one-on-one support for students by the school-based advocate. To schedule presentations in a school, contact Plummer at kristenp@savesrapecrisis.org.

SAVES’ toll-free, 24-hour crisis and support helpline number is 1-800-871-7741. Local cell phone users can access the helpline by calling 778-0110.

For more information on sexual assault, SAVES’ services and volunteer or internship opportunities, call 778-9522 or e-mail savesrcc@savesrapecrisis.org.

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