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 6-10 members and meet weekly for 8-12 weeks. Once they begin, groups are closed to new members.

If you are interested in joining a group, call our Help Line at 1-866-WE LISTEN or 919-967-7273 or email us at We can tell you about upcoming groups and give you information about the structure and format of groups. All our groups 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.

Summer 2015 Workshop Schedule:

May 17  |  Affirmative Journaling – Register ASAP!

Oftentimes we forget our strengths, or our experiences of trauma lead us to believe that we aren’t capable of healing. During this workshop, you will have the chance to contemplate and acknowledge what’s great about YOU and what you’ve already accomplished on your healing journey. Join us for an afternoon of self-exploration, empowerment, and affirmation. If the weather’s nice, we may journal outside! Journals will be provided for participants.

June 21  |  Meditation & Mindfulness

July 19  |  Horticulture as Healing

Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at or 919-968-4647 to register.

Support Group for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault & Abuse

When: May 11 – July 6, 2015 (no meeting on May 25)
Time: Mondays, 6-8 pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

The Center is offering a support group for adult, male survivors of sexual assault and abuse. We will meet weekly on Monday evenings for 8 sessions beginning May 11. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Please allow 3-4 weeks for this process prior to the start of group. For more information, contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at 919-968-4647 or as soon as possible. Screenings are happening now through May 6.

Embodiment & Mindful Movement: A Support Group for Female Survivors

When: May 14 – June 18, 2015
Time: Thursdays, 6-8 pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

yogaThe Orange County Rape Crisis Center is offering a movement support group for adult, female survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Each week, the group will begin and end with group discussion. For the middle hour, facilitators will guide participants in mindful movement activities such as yoga, conscious breathing, somatics, and dance. We will grow in our ability to experience the body as a safe place. We will increase awareness of and comfort in the body, and accept our total self – body and mind.

This group will provide the opportunity to use movement and discussion to share experiences and engage in self-expression as survivors and women. We will discover new possibilities and resources for ongoing recovery and healing. This is open to all female survivors regardless of physical ability or movement experience. We will meet weekly for 6 sessions.

Please note that pre-meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. For more information, contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at 919-968-4647 or as soon as possible.


 If the specific group you are interested in is not currently available, please call us at 866-WE LISTEN or email 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 survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
  • Groups for male survivors of sexual violence
  • Groups for survivors of rape or sexual assault
  • Groups for LGBTQ survivors
  • Workshops for family members, partners, and friends of sexual violence survivors
  • “Healing with Nature” group that utilizes horticultural therapy techniques
  • 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)