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Safe Harbors Of The Finger Lakes Inc

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. provides services, at no charge, for individuals, children, and families who have experienced sexual assault, sexual abuse, and interpersonal violence in Ontario, Seneca, and Yates Counties.

We offer individual counseling, support groups, legal accompaniment, and personal advocacy with referrals to other local agencies; We provide primary prevention services in schools, professional agencies, and in the communities we serve.

If you are in crisis and cannot reach anyone at the office call the hotline day or night.

YATES (315) 536–2897

SENECA & ONTARIO (800) 247–7273

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide reliable information, support, referrals, and advocacy for individuals, children, families, and communities impacted by sexual and interpersonal violence. We offer our services throughout Ontario, Seneca, and Yates Counties at no charge.

Vision Statement

Our vision is for our communities to overcome the stigma and burdens of sexual and interpersonal violence and to be safe and secure from these harmful acts and crimes.

Vision Statement

We Value:
Confidentiality to instill trust and to protect each person we strive to help. Empathy for individuals impacted by sexual and interpersonal violence. Commitment on behalf of individuals, children, and families who will benefit from our work. Collaboration within our local communities and with regional and state coalitions.

Women’s Circle Support Groups

The Women’s Circle is a support group for women whose lives have been affected by violence to share, explore, build skills, and encourage one another to live authentically in mind, body, heart, and spirit.

New groups are starting regularly

If you are interested in joining or learning more about Women’s Circle
Please contact
Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc.
Yates County (315) 536-9654 ext. 6
Ontario/Seneca County (315) 781-1093 ext. 104

Boys Council

The Boys Council is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. The Council meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives – individually and collectively!

The Council aims to promote boys’ natural strengths, and to increase their options about being male in today’s world. The Council challenges myths about how to be a “real boy” or “real man”. It engages boys in activities, dialogue, and self-expression to question stereotypical concepts and to increase boys’ emotional, social, and cultural literacy by promoting valuable relationships with peers and adult facilitators.

In a safe and action-oriented context, boys can identify the positive and not-so-positive definitions about being male today. They are invited to define the “male box” that shapes and constricts their growth. The Council lets boys examine the messages that define being male, and gives boys new and different options for self-expression and team experiences, promoting skill building and safe, healthy, positive, strong and diverse identities.

Our Educator/Counselor is a certified Boys Council Facilitator. He is available to facilitate Boys Councils in both school and community settings. For more information, please contact Brad at 315-781-1093 ext 103.

Boys Council

Girls Circle

The Girls Circle model, a structured support group for girls from 9-18 years, integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. It aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices.
Circle Guidelines
The Girls Circle does not aim to provide advice, but encourages girls to share experiences that are helpful to one another. To participate, girls need only have the desire, make a commitment to attend the meetings, and agree to follow the circle guidelines, i.e. respect, no put-downs or interruptions, offer experiences – not advice, keep the focus on oneself, and keep what’s said in the group private. Girls are free to share at their own pace.

When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices. By examining cultural expectations in a safe and supportive setting, girls gain greater awareness of their options and strengthen their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents
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Our Prevention Education Coordinator is a certified Girls Circle Facilitator. She is available to facilitate Girls Circles in both school and community settings. If you would like more information, please contact Rachel at 315-781-1093 ext 102.

www.girlscircle.com