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, you can call our help line at 919-967-7273 or contact our Support Group Coordinator, Anole Halper, at  anole@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:

Winter & Spring 2018 Support Groups 

Female Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse & Incest
Thursdays February 8 – April 12 from 7-9 pm
This discussion-based group will give female-identified survivors of child sexual abuse and incest an opportunity to discuss their experiences and gain support.

Mixed Gender Group
Mondays March 5 – April 23  from 6:30-8:30 pm
This support group will give survivors of all gender the opportunity to discuss their experiences and gain support.

Secondary Survivors Group
Tuesdays February 13 – March 20  from 6:30-8:30 pm
This group, which is open to all genders, provides support for the adult parents, partners, other family members, and friends of those who have been raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually abused.

Café con Leche
This group is for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual violence. Participants have the opportunity to discuss topics of interest with those who have similar experiences, and to receive the support and resources they need.

Espanol: Este grupo de apoyo es para sobrevivientes de violencia sexual. Durante las reuniones tendrá la oportunidad de discutir temas de interés con gente que ha vivido experiencias similares, además de recibir el apoyo y recursos necesarios. 

LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group (March)
This group is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ survivors 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.

Circle of Sisters: Healing for Survivors of Color (Tentative for March)
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. This group is open to women who identify as Black or African American and will be facilitated by two African American, female facilitators.

Monthly Self-Care Workshops

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. Primary and secondary survivors of all genders are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact our Support Group Coordinator, Anole Halper, at  anole@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

  • Jan 21 | Meditation & Mindfulness

Stress is a normal part of life. When we experience a trauma our stress levels often increase and become more difficult to cope with. Meditation is a tool that we can use to transform stress into learning, resilience, self-confidence, and, ultimately, inner peace. In this workshop, Ethan will teach participants traditional principles and techniques of meditating on the breath and meditating on positive states of mind. We will also discuss ways to practice mindfulness, patience, and compassion in our daily activities. All levels of experience with meditation are welcome, and this will be a bilingual event.

  • Feb 18| Crisis Planning

A crisis plan is a plan you create that guides you (and the people around you) to prevent mental health crisis and respond to it helpfully if it happens. You can think of a crisis plan as a letter from your calm, reflective self to your future, struggling self, and the people who will support you then. In this workshop, participants will learn about different forms of crisis plans, will conduct an art activity to begin the crisis planning process, and will take home a crisis plan they can fill out during the workshop or at home

  • Mar 18 | Navigating Doctor’s Appointments as a Survivor
  • April 22 | Navigating Gynecology Appointments as a Survivor
  • May 20 | Navigating Dental Appointments as a Survivor

 

Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact our Support Group Coordinator, Anole Halper, at  anole@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 anole@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)