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 866-WE LISTEN or 919-967-7273 or email us at groups@ocrcc.org. We can tell you about upcoming groups and how they work. All our groups are free and confidential.

Upcoming Groups & Workshops:

 

Support Group for Female Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault

When: Mondays, September 28 – November 16
Time: 6-8 pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

This support group for adult, female survivors of rape and sexual assault will meet for 8 sessions starting in September 2015. 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 2-3 weeks for this process prior to the start of group. Please contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at bethany@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Group for LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence

When: Tuesdays, October 6 – November 4
Time: 6-8 pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

This support group for adult, LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault and abuse will meet for 8 sessions starting in October 2015. 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. Open to people of all gender identities and expressions.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for this process prior to the start of group. Please contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at bethany@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Groups: Sexual Trauma & Substance Abuse

When: Thursdays, October 15 – December 17 (no meetings on Oct. 29 or Nov. 26)
Time: 3-5 pm
Where: Orange County Rape Crisis Center (OCRCC)
Co-Facilitators: A facilitator from the OCRCC and a facilitator from Freedom House
Cost: FREE

Substance abuse and sexual trauma are rarely discussed together, yet so often people are working to recover from both. The Center is offering an 8-week support group for adult, female survivors of sexual trauma who are also in recovery from substance abuse. This is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others who have similar experiences and an understanding of the additional challenges of addiction. Through discussion, art, and other activities, we will practice self-care, learn about the potential impacts of experiencing trauma, and build skills for coping with traumatic reactions. These sessions are designed to allow a safe and confidential space to give and receive support as well as provide opportunities for discussion and growth.

Free transportation will be provided from the Freedom House Recovery Center to the OCRCC for each session. A van will leave the Freedom House campus at 2:30 pm each Thursday and return after group by 5:30 pm.

Due to the content of the sessions, this group recommended for those who are currently in individual therapy.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for this process prior to the start of group. Please contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at bethany@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

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:

September 20  |  Creating Mandalas

Mandalas represent wholeness and can be used for relaxation, centering, and creative expression. This month, participants will have a chance to discuss the many purposes of mandalas. Through the process of creating their own mandalas, enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and creative expression.

October 18  |  Healing Hearts

November  |  Meditation & Mindfulness

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

Coming Soon!

  • Support Group for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse – starting January 2016
  • Support Group for Female Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Incest – tentatively starting February 2016

 If the specific group you are interested in is not currently available, please call us at 866-WE LISTEN or email 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 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)