It is well-established in clinical practice and through various research studies that sexual assault survivors can suffer from chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Numerous interventions have been developed to assist those who struggle with PTSD post–sexual assault; however, no modalities have been developed that incorporate a combination of restorative justice disclosures toward increasing survivor empowerment with elements of psychodrama reenactment. This feasibility study explores a person-centered small-group interaction that allowed survivors and volunteer male “allies” to work together through unresolved painful emotions utilizing elements of psychodrama. The allies agreed to support women “survivors” who reported a history of past sexual assault through their participation as listeners of the survivors' disclosures during a one-time encounter called an “expression circle” group meeting facilitated with a psychodrama therapist. Our study used a pretest and posttest design that measured survivors' responses (n = 9), each of whom was referred by their community counseling providers to the meeting. Measurements included instruments that focused on empowerment, distress, and PTSD. Findings suggest that survivors reported significant increases in empowerment scores, decreased guilt, and reduced distress scores at posttest. By better understanding the impact of innovative techniques that include a psychodrama structure, these preliminary findings may contribute to further group alternatives available to practitioners treating sexual assault.

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