Support group in Blakely for survivors of childhood abuse

BLAKELY, Ga. (WTVY) - Refined and Not Defined, that's the name of a support group in Blakely for survivors of childhood abuse.

The confidential and free support group is for women, children, and now men. The courses are done through the Pataula Center for Children (PCC), a child advocacy center.

Its purpose is for survivors to receive support from one another and learn coping skills for dealing with past abuse.

"What happened to you is not your fault, you're not alone,” said Julie Houston with PCC. “Many people carry the secret. Only around 12% of children ever tell what happened to them."

"We want people to move from the mentality of being a victim, to see I’m not a victim of what I used to be, I'm actually a survivor of it- whether you're male, female or child,” added Scott Bryant, the male support group facilitator.

The men’s support classes start this January. You can pick up a schedule at PCC at 3 S Jefferson Ave, Blakely, GA 39823.