Hurt people hurt people, and we believe all people deserve to heal. At Leda Health, our mission is to help stop the cycle of sexual violence. We offer virtual Accountability Circles, informed by transformative justice practices, in an effort to break cycles of harm in our communities.
What exactly is an Accountability Circle?
Accountability refers to a person’s will to take responsibility for actions they’ve made and the results of these actions. Accountability Circles are 16-week virtual programs designed to support people who feel at risk of causing sexual harm or who have caused harm in the past. In this program, participants explore accountability, boundary setting, consent, trauma, release, healing, and recovery with the help of a trained facilitator. This transformative process is designed to help participants break cycles of violence and find healing.
Leda’s Accountability Circles are led by Neha Bhat, a trauma-informed sexual assault healing specialist, who helps develop skills such as self-awareness, reflective listening, apologies, and grounding. With her help, along with a supportive community of 8-12 people, participants explore new paths on their healing journeys.
Accountability Circles are offered on a sliding scale to ensure all who seek support on their journey are met with opportunities for healing. The program lasts 16 weeks and participants meet weekly in two hour sessions. To learn more or apply, visit AccountabilityCircles.co.
What is the goal of an Accountability Circle?
Understanding is a crucial step in any healing process. The goal of our Accountability Circles is to help participants achieve a more thorough understanding of harm caused in the past. In this way, fuller healing can be more readily achieved in the present, helping stop cycles of harm in the future.
This is a transformative process that takes place over the 16-week program. We incorporate the principles of transformative justice in an effort to break cycles of harm, and to stop violence without inflicting more violence. Learn more about Transformative Justice from Neha, the Circle’s facilitator, or read our blog post on transformative justice here.
What happens during an Accountability Circle?
Accountability Circles meet virtually, and participants join from all over the world. During a Circle session, our facilitator will help to set the space and guide an exploration of different aspects of the healing process. She’ll also provide readings and exercises to complete in which new knowledge can be put into practice.
Accountability Circles allow participants to share their thoughts and experiences at their own individual paces. Our facilitator is trained to help work through any anxious or apprehensive feelings about participating, and we acknowledge that all feelings in this space are normal. Therefore, level of participation is entirely up to the participant.
While participants can share as much or as little as they’d like, most participants find that active participation has helped them get the most out of their experience in our Circles.
What do participants have to say?
“I saw myself and others transform ourselves through these weeks and define what justice means to us and what steps we would take to be just in our actions towards ourselves and others.”
“It was really helpful having a group of people all share their experiences and work together through all our trauma we’ve experienced and caused.”
“I understood how much this 16 week programme transformed me when my psychotherapist told me that I am looking at situations more fully without a need to label them and also able to hold different emotions together honouring them all without needing to chose one and fight for it.”
“I’ve understood now how best to discuss the harm I’ve caused in my community and this is only possible because of my deepened understanding of my harm. Being able to work through the shame to actually discuss this with people I love and care about is important for both my own well-being and also for my long-term accountability plan.”
Who are Accountability Circles designed for?
Our Accountability Circles are designed for people who have caused harm - or feel at risk of causing harm - and are already in the process of exploring healing and accountability.
If you’re not yet on this journey (or not yet ready to begin this journey), we recommend that you start by seeking therapeutic care from a trauma-informed specialist. Not sure what kind of therapy practice is right for you? Explore different kinds of therapy here.
How do you join an Accountability Circle?
To join an Accountability Circle, complete a brief application. We’ll invite you to a quick screening with our team to determine if this Circle is the right fit for you.
For more information about Leda Health’s Accountability Circles – including more detailed descriptions and FAQs – please visit AccountabilityCircles.co.
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