AMHC Sexual Assault Services to Host Virtual Book Club for Survivors and Learners

AMHC Sexual Assault Services’ staff members Amber Rankine, Client Advocate in Fort Kent, and Kirsten Tenney, Rural Advocate in Machias will be leading a virtual book club for survivors of sexual assault and any community member who wants to learn more about supporting others in their healing journey. The Learning, Health, and Growing through Literature series will begin Saturday, August 7. Participation and supplies are free of charge by registering at

AMHC Sexual Assault Services is pleased to host a virtual book club for individuals to learn, heal and grow whether they are a survivor of sexual assault or want to learn more about supporting others in their healing journey. The weekly Zoom meetings will be held Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. from August 7, 2021 – September 11, 2021.

“We appreciate the Maine Humanities Council for making the grant funds available for us to host the book club,” said Julia Miller, Program Director of Prevention and Sexual Assault Services. “This Learning, Healing and Growing through Literature series will bring together participants from the comfort of their own home and create a safe space for them to discuss and share.”

Funding from the Maine Humanities Council will allow attendees to receive free of charge a copy of “The Body Keeps The Score” by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., as well as a journal and 18-count color pen set to help attendees reflect on the weekly readings.

Please register by Wednesday, July 28 by emailing

AMHC Sexual Assault Services Advocates support nearly 400 victims per year in Aroostook, Washington, and Hancock counties. They can be reached by calling the 24-hour Sexual Assault Helpline at 1-800-871-7741. Text and chat is also available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. The service is free and confidential. For more information, visit AMHC Sexual Assault Services at

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