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 We can tell you about upcoming opportunities and how they work. All our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

Upcoming Groups & Workshops:


Support Group for LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence

When: 6-8 pm on Tuesdays, July 12 – August 30
Where: LGBTQ Center of Durham
Cost: FREE

The Center is offering a support group for adult LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault and abuse. 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. This is a group for people of all gender identities and expressions.

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 or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Healing Through Art: A Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

When: 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursdays, July 28 – September 1
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

The Center is offering an arts & crafts support group for female survivors of sexual violence and abuse. We will meet weekly for six sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to complete projects that promote healing and self-care. We will also have time to discuss and process feelings that arise while completing these projects. This workshop is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence. People of all levels of artistic ability are welcome. All materials will be provided.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings are happening now. For more information or to register, contact Bethany at 919-968-4647 or

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 2016 Workshop Schedule:

June 26 (Date changed!)  |  Empowerment Through Coloring

Join us for an afternoon for coloring! It’s not just an activity for children. Coloring can help you de-stress, ground, and express yourself. We will use coloring sheets that incorporate inspiring, motivational, and empowering phrases for survivors. So whether you’re already using coloring for self-care or whether it’s new to you, this will be a great opportunity to intentionally set aside time for self-care. All materials will be provided.

July 17  |  Mapping Our Journey

Hidden Voices and the OCRCC will facilitate a workshop for survivors to create ink-washed maps exploring the journey and impact of trauma and sexual assault. Participants will explore art and map-making by charting their own healing journey through writing, collage, and geography. Each map is an exploration of identity, place, and power. Participants can opt to have their maps displayed at an interactive exhibit. The exhibit will include audio and transcribed oral histories with survivors and service providers, public performances by survivors, digital media pieces, and policy recommendation documents. Collectively, the maps represent the pervasive impact sexual violence has on our communities and culture. You can learn more about the art project at

This workshop will entail writing and creating art out of trauma experiences. It is not recommended for survivors of recent sexual trauma as it may be triggering. OCRCC Facilitators and Companions will be available during and after the workshop for support. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

August 21  |  Meditation & Mindfulness

Stress is a normal part of life, and 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. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so please register ASAP!

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

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)