A note to survivors of sexual abuse

NEAMA™ sees you. You are not alone. Many survivors of sexual abuse in the movement arts have encouraging testimonies to share about the help and safe support they received from Compassionate Advocates in NEAMA. We recognize the vulnerability and courage it takes to disclose and process sexual abuse.

C.A.R.E.S. description and scope of service

NEAMA C.A.R.E.S. (Compassionate Advocates Resources Education Support) Program offers free trauma informed, one-on-one confidential support to those in the movement arts community seeking guidance on physical, psychological and sexual wellness and safety.

Our Compassionate Advocates (CAs) are a diverse collective of doctors, psychologists, social workers, and advocates with roots in the movement arts and with qualifications to offer resources, education, and support within their scope of practice. They offer transparent, informed consent on the possible outcomes in seeking recovery and accountability, such as finding a therapist, support group, reporting, civil lawsuits, and more.

Topics within our scope of practice include:
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Sexual assault
    • Sexual harassment
    • Sexual assault recovery
    • Grooming
    • Healthy boundaries
    • Objectification and sexualization
    • Ally vs. bystander
    • Help with reporting
  • Physical or Psychological Abuse 
  • Abuse of Power
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Financial abuse
    • Whistleblowing
  • Injuries and Physical Wellness
    • Sports and performing arts medicine
    • Psychology of injury
    • Physical therapy
  • Mental Wellness
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Suicidal ideation and self harm
    • Healthy social media habits
    • Body image and eating disorders
    • Performance anxiety
    • Perfectionism
    • Self-esteem and self-compassion
  • Other
    • Multiple inquiries or complex inquiries

Limitations and Referrals

C.A.R.E.S. does not offer therapeutic, legal, medical advice. However, our CAs can refer you to the appropriate expert for long-term support.

C.A.R.E.S. does not take the place of a crisis hotline. If you are in crisis, an imminent danger to yourself or others, or in need of immediate support, please contact a crisis hotline below. Hotline recommendations: 

  • Emergency: 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 
  • Violence Intervention Project, Inc.: 1-877-847-3223 
  • ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-Child 
  • National Eating Disorder Hotline: 1-800-931-2237
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
  • Trans LifeLine US: (877) 565-8860 | Canada: (877) 330-6366

C.A.R.E.S. is also not a medium to report concerns for abusive or harmful behavior in the movement arts. Organizations that do field concern reports are listed below.