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 groups@ocrcc.org. 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:

 

Workshop Series for Family Members, Partners, and Friends of Sexual Assault and Abuse Survivors

When: TBD
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center will offer a workshop series for the adult parents, partners, family members, and friends of those who have been raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually abused. We will meet weekly for 4 sessions. This is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others who have similar experiences.

Dates will be set once enough participants have registered. Please note that pre-meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. For more information, please contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at 919-968-4647 or bethany@ocrcc.org.

New Dates! Support Group for Female Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault

When: February 3 – March 31, 2015 (no meeting on March 10)
Time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

The Center is offering a support group for adult, female survivors of rape and sexual assault starting in February 2014. We will meet for 8 sessions on Tuesday evenings. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence.

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 groups@ocrcc.org as soon as possible

 

Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors

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

The Center is offering monthly self-care workshops beginning January 2015. Each month will focus 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 Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at bethany@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 to register.

Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule:

January 18  |  Yoga

February 15  |  Strength Collages

March 22  |  Body Mapping

April 19  |  Yoga (for Spanish speakers)

 

How to Help a Loved One

When: Thursday, January 22, 6-7:30pm
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room C
Cost: FREE

Has your loved one been sexually assaulted or abused? Are you struggling with how best to help them through the healing process, or do just want to know what else you can do? The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is offering an informational presentation and discussion for adult parents, partners, family members, and friends of those who have been raped, sexually assaulted, or sexually abused. Whether the assault or abuse happened recently or years ago, we will provide you with helpful tips and resources to use as a supporter. This event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Bethany at 919-968-4647 or groups@ocrcc.org. Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged so we can prepare snacks for attendees.

 

Support Group for Female Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse & Incest

When: February 10 – April 7, 2015 (no meeting on March 10)
Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Hillsborough
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 on February 10. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence.

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

  

If the specific group you are interested in is not currently available, please call us at 1-866-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)