Support Groups & Workshops

Many survivors feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to about their experiences with sexual violence. Support groups offer a safe space to talk to people with similar experiences. Our groups give survivors the opportunity to support and encourage each other.

We offer discussion-based groups and activity-focused groups. Each group is led by two trained facilitators who have experience working with survivors of sexual violence. Most groups have only 5-10 members and meet weekly for 8-12 weeks. Once they begin, groups are closed to new members. We also offer short-term workshops that focus on a particular topic or activity.

Please note that all groups and workshops require pre-meetings with facilitators. If you are interested in joining a group or workshop, call our help line at 919-967-7273 or email us at groups@ocrcc.org. We can tell you about upcoming opportunities and how they work. All our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

Upcoming Groups & Workshops:

 

Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors

When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
Time: 2-4pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: Free

Each month focuses on a different tool for self-care or self-exploration to help you on your healing journey. The goal of these workshops is to provide an opportunity to learn and practice self-care skills together. Survivors of all genders are welcome to attend.

Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Group for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse & Incest

When: Starting January 2017
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

The Center is offering a support group for adult, female survivors of child sexual abuse and incest. We will meet for 8 sessions beginning in January. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Circle of Sisters: Healing for Women of Color

When: Starting March 2017
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

This is an eight-week support series for adult, female survivors of rape and sexual assault. Circle of Sisters is a culturally-specific group where participants will learn, share, and gain support from others in a confidential and culturally-sensitive space. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how sexual violence and historical trauma have impacted their lives and to support each other as they continue to heal. This group is open to women who identify as Black or African-American and will be facilitated by two African-American, female facilitators.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Group for LGBTQ Survivors

When: Starting March 2017
Where: LGBTQ Center of Durham
Cost: FREE

The Center is offering a support group for adult, LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault and abuse. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence in a safe and affirming space. This group is open to people of all gender identities and expressions.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Group: Positive Sexuality & Intimacy

When: Starting April 2017
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

This support group for female survivors of sexual violence will explore topics and themes related to healthy sexuality and intimacy. The group will focus on shared experiences, support, and learning from one another. It is NOT a therapy or sex therapy group.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

If a specific group that interests you is not currently available, please contact us at 866-WE LISTEN or groups@ocrcc.org for information about other options:

  • Notification by mail, email, or phone of the next available group
  • Information about groups and therapy available in the community
  • One-on-one support services

Examples of groups we regularly offer:

  • Groups for adult survivors of rape or sexual assault
  • Groups for adult survivors of child sexual abuse or incest
  • Groups for male survivors of sexual violence
  • Groups for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence
  • Workshops for family members, partners, and friends of survivors
  • Groups and workshops that use arts and crafts
  • Groups and workshops that focus on movement, yoga, dance, and/or the mind-body connection
  • 24-Hour Help Line:

    • 866-WE-LISTEN (866-935-4783)
    • 919-967-7273 (Local)
    • 919-338-0746 (TTY)