The Problem with Victim-Blaming

April 4th, 2015 (No Comments)

While growing up in a rape culture, women are constantly told to follow the “rules” to ensure their safety. This list dictates what women should wear (nothing too short), what they consume (no drinks you didn’t prepare yourself), and even how they commute (never alone, never at night, and never in a “bad part of town”). […]

A Most Delicious Affair: Cupcakes & Cocktails

March 13th, 2015 (No Comments)

As the last guests trickled out the doors and into the night, staff and volunteers looked around the room with awe. We had just pulled off our very first Cupcakes & Cocktails fundraiser! Equal parts exhausted and sugar-facilitated enthused, we began to clean up and discuss the highlights of the event. For some, it was the […]

One Billion Rising for Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2015 (No Comments)

One in three women worldwide will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. Around seven billion people live on this planet, so that’s about one billion women and girls. One Billion Rising is a justice campaign that doesn’t just spread the word – it takes the word around the world. On February 14, 2014, 200 […]


January 21st, 2015 (No Comments)

Support the Orange County Rape Crisis Center by using AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way to support your nonprofit organization. You only have to register once. After that, simply start at, then shop as usual. That’s it! Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase price to the Center. It even works with Amazon Prime. And while […]

Stalking in Popular Culture

January 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

In honor of Stalking Awareness Month, I’d like to explore how stalking and other forms of sexual harassment are depicted and discussed through the media we consume. Countless media portrayals regularly misrepresent stalking and other forms of violence, leading to victim-blaming, minimization, and disbelief from society at large. These misrepresentations can often wildly skew our […]

Remembering Walter Cason

December 17th, 2014 (No Comments)

 In memory of our dear friend Walter Walter Cason was the most humble person you would ever have the chance to meet. He loved his family, adored his grandchildren, and was a voracious reader. Never would you know that our friend Walter was a theologian, missionary, source of inspiration for Desmond Tutu, and technology guru. […]

We Need Everyone to Help Stop Sexual Violence

December 3rd, 2014 (No Comments)

Sexual violence is a community issue that can be prevented! Bystander intervention is one way that all community members can use their problem solving skills and creativity to positively impact the lives of their friends, neighbors, and loved ones. What is a bystander? A bystander is a person who is present during a potentially risky […]

#GiveLocal for #GivingTuesday

December 2nd, 2014 (No Comments)

Now that we’re past Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, it’s time for… Giving Tuesday! We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back.  On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come […]

Meet Our Guests

November 13th, 2014 (No Comments)

We are very excited for our upcoming 27th Annual Holiday Auction, which will be on Sunday, November 23, at the Sheraton. Our offices are overflowing with unique auction items that will be up for bid next Sunday — check out our auction page for a sneak preview of select items. With a silent and live […]

The Year After

November 5th, 2014 (No Comments)

A couple months ago, Chapel Hill native Ashley Warner, author of The Year After: A Memoir, spoke on WCHL about her book and held a reading at local bookstore Flyleaf Books, which was also a benefit night for the Center. Warner’s book is a beacon for those who are adrift, for those who feel like they […]

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