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.

If you are interested in joining a group or workshop, 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 opportunities and how they work. All our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

Upcoming Groups & Workshops:

 

Workshop Series for Family, Friends & Loved Ones

New Dates! Mondays 6-8 pm, April 18 – May 9

This workshops series for adult parents, partners, family members, and friends of those who have experienced sexual violence will meet weekly for 4 sessions. This is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others who have similar experiences.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings are happening now. Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Group: Positive Sexuality & Intimacy

New Dates! Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm, May 25 – June 29

This support group for adult, 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.)

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings are happening now. Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Circle of Sisters: Healing for African-American Survivors

New Dates! Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm, May 24 – July 19 in Hillsborough
(No meeting July 5)

Circle of Sisters is a culturally-specific group where participants will learn, share, and gain support from others who have similar experiences. This is open to adult, female survivors and will meet weekly for 8 sessions.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings are happening now. Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at groups@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.

Spring 2016 Workshop Schedule:

April 17  |  Grounding Mandalas

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

May 22  |  Zen Meditation (Date Changed!)

This trauma-informed meditation workshop will introduce novices to the practice of being in the moment with their thoughts and offer veterans a chance to practice with other survivors. Kye will guide participants through seated and walking meditations grounded in Zen practice. Participants are welcome (but not required) to bring cushions, blankets, etc.

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.

Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

Thursday, April 21, 5:30-7:30 pm, Chapel Hill Public Library
Submissions due March 31!

The Center’s annual Shout Out! is an event that explores the survivor experience through stories, testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music, and visual art. We welcome submissions from survivors, their loved ones, and allies. Pieces can be submitted with the artist’s name or anonymously. Those submitting written-word pieces may choose to perform those pieces themselves or they can request that a volunteer read their piece. Artists do not need to be present in order for their work to be included. All written pieces will be printed in the event program in both English and Spanish unless otherwise specified by the artist.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s Shout Out!, you can send questions and submit pieces to Crisis Response Coordinator Natalie Ziemba at natalie@ocrcc.org. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31. We look forward to hearing from you!

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)