frequently asked questions
Who qualifies to come to the retreat? Adult women who were sexually abused at or before age 18 are eligible to attend. Participants must be able to safely live in a social environment for four days with a group of other survivors and abstain from drugs and alcohol without significant withdrawals. Properly prescribed medications are permitted. There is an application process to ensure that the retreat is a good fit for potential participants where they currently are in their healing journey.
What is considered childhood sexual abuse? The answer to this question can vary significantly depending on whom you ask. Here at The Younique Foundation, we use the following definition: Child sexual abuse involves another person (adult, sibling, or peer) who forces or coerces a child or adolescent into sexual activity. This activity may include fondling genitals, masturbation, oral-genital contact, digital penetration, vaginal intercourse, and/or anal intercourse. Child sexual abuse is not restricted to simply physical contact—it may include unhealthy sexual exposure, voyeurism, and child pornography.
Do I need to be a Younique Presenter to attend? No. Any adult female survivor of childhood sexual abuse can apply. It is not necessary to have any specific affiliation with Younique Products. We are grateful for the ongoing support of Younique Products, but we are a separate entity established to serve the general public.
What if my abuse happened at age 18? Can I still apply? Yes. Our primary goal is to serve those who were abused as minors, but we accept applicants who were abused at age 18.
Why can’t applicants who were abused as adults attend the retreat? We recognize that there are many adult women who have been sexually abused and/or assaulted. Although there are significant similarities between adult and childhood abuse survivors, there are also some differences. Our services are tailored to those who were abused during their childhood or teen years. Our online healing resources are always available for anyone. We continually strive to add additional resources.
How much does the retreat cost? The retreat expenses are covered by The Younique Foundation and all services are provided at no cost to you. You are responsible for travel to and from the Salt Lake City or Provo, Utah, area. We will pick you up from, and drop you off at, the airport, bus station, or train station as long as you arrive and depart within certain time parameters. Alternatively, we can meet you at a designated location if you choose to drive.
Where is the retreat located? The retreat is held at a mountain location in Utah County, Utah. The specific location will be provided to participants in the welcome packet so they can share it with anyone they wish.
When is the retreat? We host the retreat year-round. There are three retreats per month, except for December. Retreats start on Monday and end on Thursday. Once your application form has been filled out and reviewed, we will contact you to assign a specific retreat session.
How quickly can I attend the retreat? After you submit an inquiry request online, The Younique Foundation will email you a link to our application form. Once you have completed that form and it has been reviewed, we might need to have you follow up with a clinician or nurse. If so, we will contact you to schedule a phone call with one of our clinicians or nurses. Upon approval of your application, you will receive an email from The Younique Foundation staff about the next steps to schedule. Retreat availability can vary depending on the number of applications we receive.
How much advanced notice do I receive before my assigned retreat? We work with you to ensure you have time to make all necessary arrangements to attend the retreat. The amount of time will vary based on the time frame you select on the application form and the number of applications we receive. Based on your finances and ability to travel, please select the best time frame for you.
Can I attend the retreat with a family member/friend? We discourage attending with family members, friends, coworkers, etc. We want each person to have the best retreat possible. If women attend in pairs, one person often spends time being a caregiver to their loved one instead of progressing on their own healing journey. Also, women who attend together are often less likely to develop friendships and create a support network for themselves. The retreat is a time to focus on individual healing, and we strongly believe each woman deserves a retreat where they are able to focus on their own education and empowerment.
Is the retreat confidential? Your participation in the retreat as well as the personal health information you provide is confidential. The information is only disclosed as needed to The Younique Foundation employees and volunteers. We limit access to confidential information even within The Younique Foundation to ensure that only those who need it to provide services have access.
What happens at the retreat? The Younique Foundation provides the following as part of the retreat: • Education sessions that help survivors understand how the trauma of abuse impacts individuals both physically and emotionally. • Strategies to help survivors heal from trauma and overcome self-defeating, unhealthy behaviors. • Services and experiences that help survivors relax and unwind. • Physical activities specifically focused on trauma recovery, such as yoga and Muay Thai. • Group therapy at an offsite location. Activities are a personal choice and you can always have time alone if you prefer. Classes vary in size (usually between 8 – 12 women).
How does the retreat help? The goal of the retreat is to empower survivors with specific understanding and skills that make healing more likely and possible. For most, healing takes a significant amount of time. While it’s not possible to complete the healing process at the retreat, the strategies survivors learn become life skills that will help the participants go through the healing process. Additional services are designed to help survivors know they are valued and cared for.
What do I need to bring to the retreat? The Younique Foundation will provide lodging, meals, retreat services, and transportation to and from your arrival location in the Salt Lake City or Provo, Utah, area. Participants only need to bring personal items such as clothing, medication, toiletries, etc. The welcome packet includes a recommended packing list.
Will I be able to work from the retreat? While we do not put restrictions on participants’ use of electronic devices, we strongly encourage everyone to disconnect during the retreat. Also, the retreat location is in a mountainous environment without cell phone service or Wi-Fi.
Can I be contacted if there is a retreat opening? When we have a last-minute opening for a retreat, we extend the opportunity to applicants who notified us that they have schedule flexibility and the financial means to arrange travel within a short time frame. If you’d like to be added to the short-notice waiting list, please call us at 801.717.2414 or email us at email@example.com. We contact women on the list until the opening has been filled.
What is the process to attend the retreat? The steps you need to follow to apply for the retreat can be found on The Haven Retreat page.
Can women attend the retreat from other countries? Yes, women from anywhere are welcome to attend. We’ve hosted survivors from all over the world at The Haven Retreat. Keep in mind that all of our activities and services are provided in English at this time.
Can I nominate someone else to attend the retreat? Due to the necessary confidentiality of our applications, we request that each individual submit her own application for the retreat. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept nominations or applications from loved ones.
Are you going to expand to have other retreat locations? Yes, we have plans to expand to other locations. However, expanding is dependent on funding and determining the places where we can effectively serve the most survivors.
Do you offer therapy at the retreat? Rather than providing individual therapy, the focus of the retreat is on delivering healing education and services specifically designed to help survivors relax and learn tools they can use to manage the impact of trauma in their day-to-day lives. Survivors do have the opportunity to participate in group therapy with licensed clinicians at an offsite location a few miles from the retreat.
What percentage of Younique Products sales go to The Younique Foundation? As a public charity, we are required to receive 1/3 of our financial support from the general public. Therefore, the amount that can be donated by Younique Products and its founders depends on donations from others. There is not a fixed amount of product sales that is donated. We are very thankful that Younique Products willingly supports our organization, and their financial contribution is extremely generous. Additional information about our relationships with Younique Products can be found in our story.
How can I fundraise? First, thank you for your interest in fundraising! The best and easiest way is through Facebook. On your Facebook page, click on "Fundraisers" in the explore tab. Next click on "Raise Money" and follow the instructions. There is no transaction fee when you raise money through Facebook, so 100% of the money comes to The Younique Foundation.
Can I donate on behalf of others? We're happy to accept donations on behalf of someone else. When you donate, please indicate whom you would like to honor through your donation.
Where should I mail donations? Please mail donations to the foundation's headquarters: The Younique Foundation 3400 W. Mayflower Ave. Lehi, UT 84043
My child has been abused. Do you have resources for minors? While we recognize the need for healing services focused on children, we do not host retreats for survivors under the age of 18. Our retreats are tailored to meet the needs of adult survivors, and working with minors presents a host of legal issues. At our sister brand Defend Innocence, The Younique Foundation does provide lots of parent resources designed for both preventing child sexual abuse and helping children and teens heal from the impact of abuse.
Do you offer a retreat for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse? What resources are available? While we recognize that sexual abuse impacts everyone regardless of sex, right now we only offer retreats for female survivors. However, our resources provide lots of useful information for any survivor of sexual abuse. Our Reclaim Hope book and workbook are particularly helpful. Also, the website 1in6.org has an online community specifically for male survivors of sexual abuse.
Can our organizations partner? We are always interested in working with like-minded organizations. We evaluate the potential to partner on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in partnering, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little bit about what you'd like our organizations to do together.
What should I do if I’m having an issue with a merchandise order placed in your online store? You can create a help ticket at the following link. You can also create a ticket by clicking on "Submit a ticket" in the bottom right corner of the online store.
How do I cancel my recurring donation? You will need to get in touch with the foundation's Director of Finance and Operations. You can email Abe Young at email@example.com.
How much funding goes into the actual program? Where do donations go? Our most recent independent audit shows that 83% of our annual budget is spent on program services. Services include everything that is provided at The Haven Retreat to participants (food, accommodations, materials, etc.) along with support resources that are created and posted on our website. Donations also fund our education and awareness campaigns. Our budget also covers our education and outreach focused on prevention, which are primarily provided through our sister brand, Defend Innocence.
How can I find a therapist? On our resources page, you can find information about finding a therapist.
What additional resources are available to heal from sexual abuse? In addition to The Haven Retreat, all of the resources on our website are designed specifically for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their supporters. Our resources cover a variety of topics and tools that can help you navigate your day-to-day life. Also, we’re always adding new content on our blog. Check out our latest messages of hope along with practical tips for your healing journey.