How to Talk to Kids about Abuse

July 28th, 2017 (No Comments)

If you are concerned that your child has been exposed to inappropriate touching or child sexual abuse, you might wonder how to begin a conversation. With years of experience as both parent and educator, I’d like to offer some guidance on where to start with this difficult topic. Start by talking about touches and who […]

Myth or Fact: “She Asked for It”

June 21st, 2017 (No Comments)

Myth: If a woman is raped, she probably asked for it in some way. Fact: Only the perpetrator is responsible for the decision to violate someone.  This myth restricts women’s behavior and places blame on survivors rather than perpetrators. Women and those who identify as female are often expected to dress or behave in certain ways […]

Myth or Fact: “She Lied”

May 16th, 2017 (No Comments)

Myth: The rate of false reporting for rape is higher than for other violent crimes. Fact: Rape is the most underreported crime, NOT the most falsely reported. Actually, the prevalence of false reporting of rape is about the same as it is for other felonies – between 2% and 8%. A study of 136 sexual […]

Myth or Fact: “He Didn’t Mean To”

April 28th, 2017 (No Comments)

Myth: If a guy rapes someone, he probably didn’t mean to things just got out of control. Fact: Perpetrators rape with intention, and they do so out of sexual entitlement, in order to gain power and control. This myth is often used as an excuse for male aggression. It assumes that women and other survivors […]

Myths & Facts about Sexual Violence

April 17th, 2017 (No Comments)

Take a moment to consider something we don’t always think about—a difficult topic that is rarely discussed: rape. We hear about it in the news, on social media, in public safety announcements, on TV. But we don’t always take the time to really think about rape. For example, if someone asked you for an explicit […]

5 Tips for Finding the Right Babysitter

March 8th, 2017 (No Comments)

Whether you’re rushing to complete errands or enjoying a nice date night, it’s likely that you often find yourself in need of a babysitter for your kids. However, it can be difficult to find a person you trust completely to take care of your child. 1 in 10 children experience sexual abuse before the age […]

Place Your Bet on Us with GoodBookey!

February 14th, 2017 (No Comments)

Do you love basketball or other competitive sports? Always wanted to dabble in gambling? Looking for a fun new way to support the Center? Well, you’re in luck, because the OCRCC has recently partnered with GoodBookey, an app that allows you and your friends to bet on popular sporting events – except instead of the […]

Why I Decided to Become a Companion

February 2nd, 2017 (No Comments)

To start, I am a man — a white heterosexual man to be exact.  I am probably not the first image that comes to mind when talking about an advocate at a rape crisis center.  But here I am, volunteering with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center as a Companion for survivors of sexual violence.  […]

Purple Ribbon of Excellence

January 4th, 2017 (No Comments)

We are excited to announce that the Orange County Rape Crisis Center has been awarded the inaugural Purple Ribbon of Excellence! Presented by the Training and Education Committee of the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission, the Purple Ribbon of Excellence recognized the Center’s efforts to prevent child sexual abuse through our community education programs. Over […]

Tips for Supporting a Partner in Crisis

December 13th, 2016 (No Comments)

The impacts of sexual violence can include a wide array of frustrations and barriers to daily functioning for survivors. Watching from the sidelines as a loved one struggles with those difficulties can bring a similar yet different sense of helplessness and frustration. Secondary survivors — the partners, friends, and family members of survivors — often go through their own trauma response […]

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