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.

Please note that all groups and workshops require pre-meetings with facilitators. If you are interested in joining a group or workshop, call our help line at 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:

 

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. Primary and secondary survivors of all genders are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

February 19: Meditation & Mindfulness

Stress is a normal part of life, and when we experience 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 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.

March 19: Clothesline Project 

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.

April 16: Yoga for All Levels

Trauma-sensitive yoga class for all levels. More information coming soon. Blankets and bricks will be provided. Please bring your own yoga mat.

May 21: Strength Collage

Join us for an uplifting craft activity. During this workshop participants will use magazines, paper, and other materials to create a collage representing their interpretation of strength. We’ll also have the chance to share our collages together and discuss. No previous art experience or expertise required. All materials will be provided.

June 25: Woodburning

Burning designs, images, and words into wood can offer survivors another form of expression and coping. During this workshop, participants will receive instructions on how to use a woodburning iron. They will then be able to explore the tool themselves, and design and create their own project. All materials will be provided.

Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Group for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse & Incest

When: Mondays, January 23 – March 13
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: OCRCC
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 in January. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Group for LGBTQ Survivors

When: Tuesdays, February 21 – April 18 (no meeting March 21)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: LGBTQ Center of Durham
Cost: FREE

The Center is collaborating with the LGBTQ Center of Durham to offer 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 group is open to people of all gender identities and expressions.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Circle of Sisters: Healing for Women of Color

When: Starting March 2017
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

This is an eight-week support series for adult, female survivors of rape and sexual assault. Circle of Sisters is a culturally-specific group where participants will learn, share, and gain support from others in a confidential and culturally-sensitive space. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how sexual violence and historical trauma have impacted their lives and to support each other as they continue to heal. This group is open to women who identify as Black or African-American and will be facilitated by two African-American, female facilitators.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Support Group: Positive Sexuality & Intimacy

When: Starting April 2017
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

This support group for 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.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Coming Soon: The Art of Woodburning

Dates: TBD

The Center is planning a woodburning workshop series for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Participants will create their own pieces using woodburning tools while sharing in discussion. Through the process of creating, participants will promote their own healing and self-care. The group is open to all genders. It will meet weekly for eight sessions, and all supplies will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Assistant Sarah Pederson at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

If a specific group that interests you is not currently available, please contact us at 866-WE LISTEN or 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)