Support Groups & Workshops

Support groups offer a safe space for survivors to talk to people with similar experiences of sexual violence, supporting and encouraging each other. 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. Please note that all support groups require a pre-meeting with the coordinator and facilitators.

If you are interested in joining a group or a workshop, you can call our helpline at 919-967-7273 or contact 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.

OCRCC holds events in accessible buildings and is committed to disability access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation. We also offer childcare on request. To request accommodation or childcare, contact our Support Group Coordinator, Nancy Carrion-Sarzosa, at least 7 days in advance at 919.968.4647/V, 919.338.0746/TTY, or nancy@ocrcc.org.

Upcoming Support Groups & Workshops:


Support Groups for Winter/Spring of 2019:

Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse & Incest 
Wednesdays, April 10- June 12, 6-8pm | at OCRCC
This 10 session discussion-based group will give survivors of child sexual abuse and incest an opportunity to discuss their experiences and gain support.
Registration required by March 26th, 2019.

Circle of Sisters
Tentatively Fridays, April 19- June 14, 6-8pm | at OCRCC
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how sexual violence and historical trauma have impacted their lives in a supportive healing space. This group is open to women who identify as Black or African-American and will be facilitated by African-American, female-identified facilitators. Registration required by March 29th, 2019.

La Sala: a Space of Support and Healing for Spanish Speaking Survivors
Thursdays, April 4- May 9, 5:30-7:30pm | at OCRCC
This is a space for Spanish speaking survivors of sexual violence where support each other, strengthening their healing process. Co-sponsored by Compass Center.
Registration required by March 14th, 2019.


Self-Care Workshops:

Our self-care workshops 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 and learn new skills for empowerment. Primary and secondary survivors of all genders are welcome to attend. All workshops are free and held at the Center unless otherwise noted. Pre-screenings are not required for our workshops, but registration is required for our planning purposes. If you have missed the registration date for our workshops there may still be room. Contact Support Group Coordinator, Nancy Carrion-Sarzosa, at Nancy@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 to see if there is an open space.

Mapping our Healing
Saturday, February 16, 9:00am-12:00 pm | at OCRCC 
OCRCC wants to hear from you about what has helped you most with your healing. You are the experts on your own experiences, resources, and support systems, and we want to learn from you so that we can make sure we’re meeting our community’s needs and growing as an agency. In this workshop, survivors will work closely with staff using social cartography to locate community resources for healing and talk about their experiences accessing them. Participants will get a chance to collaborate and learn from other survivors and will have an opportunity to make a difference in our services by speaking out about ways of healing that have worked for them and identifying areas of support that may not exist or need improvement. Together we can collectively identify ways for all of us to bolster healing and empower survivors in the best possible way! This workshop is co-sponsored by community partners. 
Registration required by February 14, 2019

Reclaiming our Bodies
Sunday, February 24, 10:30am-12:00pm | at OCRCC
This workshop will focus on healing through movement. Facilitated by Margie Gillis, a socially committed choreographer, performer, and teacher who has worked together with therapists in Europe; this workshop will develop techniques that will help survivors to identify their sensations somatically and shift them, physically and emotionally. Participants do not need any specific previous experience to participate. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Dance Program at Duke University. Registration required by February 6, 2019.

Mapping our Healing with the Latino community
Friday, March 1, 10:00am-12:00 pm |at El Centro Hispano’s Carrboro office
OCRCC wants to hear from you about what has helped you most with your healing. You are the experts on your own experiences, resources, and support systems, and we want to learn from you so that we can make sure we’re meeting our community’s needs and growing as an agency. In this workshop, survivors will work closely with staff using social cartography to locate community resources for healing and talk about their experiences accessing them. Participants will get a chance to collaborate and learn from other survivors and will have an opportunity to make a difference in our services by speaking out about ways of healing that have worked for them and identifying areas of support that may not exist or need improvement. Together we can collectively identify ways for all of us to bolster healing and empower survivors in the best possible way! This workshop is co-sponsored by El Centro Hispano and will be held at their Carrboro office. Registration required a week before the date. 

Mapping our Healing with LGBTQ Community
Saturday, March 2nd, 11:00am-2pm | location tbd
OCRCC wants to hear from you about what has helped you most with your healing. You are the experts on your own experiences, resources, and support systems, and we want to learn from you so that we can make sure we’re meeting our community’s needs and growing as an agency. In this workshop, survivors will work closely with staff using social cartography to locate community resources for healing and talk about their experiences accessing them. Participants will get a chance to collaborate and learn from other survivors and will have an opportunity to make a difference in our services by speaking out about ways of healing that have worked for them and identifying areas of support that may not exist or need improvement. Together we can collectively identify ways for all of us to bolster healing and empower survivors in the best possible way! This workshop is co-sponsored by Durham Crisis Response Center . Registration required a week before the date. 

How to Protect Your Kids
Thursday, March 14, 6:00-8:00 pm | at OCRCC 
Protecting your own kids from sexual violence may feel especially challenging & triggering as a survivor. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to share their concerns and talk with our Community Education team about ways to empower your community & your kids to prevent child sexual abuse. Registration required by March 7, 2019.

Mapping our Healing with the African American Community
Tentatively set for Saturday, March 16, 10:00am-12:00 pm | at OCRCC 
OCRCC wants to hear from you about what has helped you most with your healing. You are the experts on your own experiences, resources, and support systems, and we want to learn from you so that we can make sure we’re meeting our community’s needs and growing as an agency. In this workshop, survivors will work closely with staff using social cartography to locate community resources for healing and talk about their experiences accessing them. Participants will get a chance to collaborate and learn from other survivors and will have an opportunity to make a difference in our services by speaking out about ways of healing that have worked for them and identifying areas of support that may not exist or need improvement. Together we can collectively identify ways for all of us to bolster healing and empower survivors in the best possible way! This workshop is co-sponsored by community partners. 
Registration required a week before the date. 

The Clothesline Project 
Saturday, March 23, 10:00am-12:00 pm | at OCRCC 
The Clothesline Project is a display of t-shirts that contain written messages and drawings intended to illustrate the effects of trauma. Survivors, family members, friends, and loved ones are welcome to join us in designing t-shirts for the Clothesline Project. Participants can choose whether to keep their shirts or have them displayed at OCRCC’s Annual Shout Out! event in April. This will be a bilingual Spanish-English workshop, and childcare will be provided. This workshop is open to folks of all genders who have directly experienced sexual violence or who have supported others through their healing processes. Registration required by March 18, 2019.

Healing the Wounded Heart
In Spanish | Friday, March 15, 7:00-9:00 pm | at OCRCC 
In English | Sunday, April 17, 2:00-4:00 pm | at OCRCC
During this art workshop for survivors of sexual violence and their friends or families, participants will have the chance to reflect on their healing journey and express their story through art. Facilitators will discuss the international “Healing the Wounded Heart” movement and guide participants through creating their own heart using paint, designer paper, magazines, and other collage materials. Participants are also welcome to bring images or materials that are meaningful to them. Registration required by April 11, 2019 for the English group and March 8, 2019 for the Spanish group.

Navigating the Legal System
Tuesday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 pm | at OCRCC 
Have you made a report and the legal process looks confusing? Would you want to report but you are not sure? Bring all your questions! Attorneys Gheisha-Ly Rosario Diaz, our Client Services Director, and Pahola Burgos, from Burgos-Chala Law, will facilitate this discussion-based workshop that will be offered in both English and Spanish. Registration required by April 30, 2019.

Handling conflict after trauma
Saturday, May 25, 2:00-5:00 pm | at OCRCC
How do I feel when dealing with conflict? How do I respond? This is a self-exploration workshop to develop helpful strategies for assertive responses. Registration by May 17, 2019.

*If you have missed the registration date for our workshops there may still be room. Contact Support Group Coordinator, Nancy Carrion-Sarzosa, at Nancy@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 to see if there is an open space. 

If you would like to learn more about our support groups and self-care workshops, please contact our helpline at 919-967-7273 or contact us at groups@ocrcc.org for more info or to sign up.

If a specific group that interests you is not currently available, please contact us at 866-WE LISTEN or contact us at 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 adult survivors of rape or sexual assault
  • Groups for adult survivors of child sexual abuse or incest
  • Groups for male survivors of sexual violence
  • Groups for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence
  • Workshops for family members, partners, and friends of survivors
  • 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)