Bodily Autonomy

This page is dedicated to the local Monroe County | Rochester, NY  community and the incredible resources that are out there to connect you with other folks doing this work.  Rochester is a resource rich community, sometimes it's just hard to find all of the information in one place. Below you will find the larger communities who are the experts in this field and which services they offer. (Some resources are national organizations.)

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Bivona Child Advocacy Center

Bivona Child Advocacy Center delivers excellence in child abuse response, healing and prevention through collaborative service, awareness, education and leadership

  • Talking to Kids About Consent Resource Guide
  • There are a lot of potentially confusing terms whirling around in popular culture these days — bodily autonomy, bodily integrity, implied consent, explicit consent, #MeToo, #Time’sUp — and helping the children you care about navigate all of this can be scary and confusing. So they created a round-up of books you can grab to help you talk to the kids in your life about their bodies, respecting boundaries, standing up for themselves, navigating relationships, safer sex practices, and more! They've got books for children ages 2 and up — including a few aimed specifically at parents and caregivers to help them prepare to broach these tough subjects.
  • Prevention & Education Resources
  • They provide a few resources to help you keep your children safe. Their prevention partner Darkness to Light and safety partner Monique Burr Foundation for Children has some helpful information on protecting children. Please check out the links and share them with family and friends.

Body Project (URMC Division of Adolescent Medicine)

The Body Project is an evidenced-based body acceptance program offered in a group setting that provides a safe space for all women to confront and challenge unrealistic appearance ideals through group discussion and interactive activities. The program seeks to give participants knowledge in developing a healthier body image and self-esteem. In numerous research studies, it has repeatedly been shown to effectively reduce body dissatisfaction and internalization of the appearance ideal. Open to all women who are undergraduate and graduate students. Non-binary students are welcome, but should know that this course is designed for participants for whom being a woman is a part of their lived experience.

Planned Parenthood of Central & Western NY

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York protects and provides health care and education that empowers individuals and families. With respect. Without judgment. No matter what.

Call 1-866-600-6886 to make an appointment, or use the "Book an Appointment" tool on their page to make an appointment online.


RESTORE, a program of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, leads the community response to sexual violence through advocacy and education, by providing the safety, support and validation that changes the lives of all those affected.

Monroe County: 1-585-546-2777
Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties: 1-800-527-1757
RAINN: 1-800-656-4673

Rochester Center for Sexual Wellness

The Rochester Center for Sexual Wellness provides biopsychosocial assessment and treatment planning for common and complex sexual issues in people of all genders and ages. The Center is comprised of a sexual medicine specialist as well as AASECT certified sex therapists and therapists training to become AASECT certified. In addition to medical and psychosocial evaluation of sexual issues, they offer individual, relational, and group therapy for a variety of sexual, relationship, and gender concerns. They share a mission to provide education on sexual issues to the medical and mental health communities as well as to the public. Please check out their resource guides like their Trans and Non-Binary Resource Guide for more information.

Embody: A Body Appreciation Skills Group (RCSW)

A body appreciation group held at the Rochester Center for Sexual wellness, in this group, we will talk about:

  • How to establish yourself as the ultimate expert of your body and take back your power from the forces, systems, and establishments that keep you in fear around your body and health
  • How to get back in tune with your intuition and learn to trust your body’s innate wisdom
  • How to treat yourself more kindly and understand your self-criticism in a new light
  • How to expand your definition of beauty so that it includes yourself and all people
  • How to create a community of people who can support you

Published research has indicated that negative feelings about one’s appearance is linked with increased sexual anxiety and lower sexual esteem. The good news is, just as we can learn skills for coping with anxiety, we can learn skills to better support body image. The Be Body Positive Model by The Body Positive offers a way of living that offers permission to love, forgive, care for, and take pleasure in one’s body throughout the lifespan.

Trillium Health

Trillium provides a full range of services at their downtown location in Rochester, NY, including Primary Care and a Pharmacy – all under one roof. They also offer several other programs and services, including Pathway Pediatrics, the Center for Gynecological Care & Wellness, the MOCHA Center , Transgender Center for Excellence and Harm Reduction Services.

Unitarian Church

Through spiritual connection in community, the Unitarian Church of Rochester listens deeply to others and themselves, is open to wonder and transformation, and serves together with love and humility. They are an inclusive community of belonging, welcoming all people to find their spiritual home with them.

Universalist Church

At First Universalist, they are more than a church.  They are a loving, justice-seeking spiritual community.  They are proudly rooted in downtown Rochester, yet our members come from all over the greater Rochester area. They are people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs who gather together in shared celebration of life and its sacredness.  They are a welcoming congregation that actively affirms and encourages the full participation of all, no matter your beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical difference, or even your religion.

UR Medicine Gender Wellness, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Highly trained physicians offer comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology services from a patient’s initial exam, to childbirth and through menopause and beyond. They are dedicated to providing their patients with high quality, individualized care with compassion and respect.

Gynecology Services include the following:

  • Breast examinations
  • Consults/second opinions
  • Endometrial ablation, hydrothermal ablation for uterine bleeding
  • Family planning/contraception
  • Infertility testing/surgery
  • Laparoscopic bladder repair
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Menopause/hormone management
  • New patient GYN exams
  • Pap smear and colposcopy
  • Pediatric/adolescent gynecology
  • Pelviscopy/hysteroscopy
  • Urinary incontinence evaluation and surgery
  • Yearly GYN exams

They also offer Women's Mental Health & Wellness services focused on treating your mental health needs, like challenges related to pregnancy, depression or anxiety problems, menopause, relationship conflict, and more.

Willow Domestic Violence Center

Willow Center is the only New York State certified domestic violence service provider serving Monroe County, NY. Willow Center provides a full-continuum of free and confidential services, without judgement. While over 90% of those they serve are women and children, their name change is meant to be more inclusive of the services we provide (by mission and law) to men and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. We recognize entire families are impacted by domestic violence. Nearly 300 children receive services from our agency each year. Dating violence is also on the rise – with young men and young women reporting abusive relationships in record numbers. All services free & confidential.  | En Español 24-Hour Hotline (585) 222-SAFE (7233) 24-Hour Text Line (585) 348-SAFE (7233)