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:

 

Support Group for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault & Abuse

When: Sundays, February 21 – April 17 (no meeting on March 27)
Time: 2-4pm
Where: Durham, NC
Cost: FREE

This support group for adult, male survivors of sexual assault and abuse will meet weekly for 8 sessions. This is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. 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 for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse & Incest

When: Thursdays, February 18 – April 14 (no meetings 3/17)
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

This support group for adult, female survivors of child sexual abuse and incest will meet for 8 sessions beginning in February. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence.

Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. 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: Healthy Sexuality & Intimacy

Starting April/May 2016

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. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks for this process prior to the start of group. Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Workshop Series for Family, Friends & Loved Ones

Starting March 2016

This workshops series for adult parents, partners, family members, and friends of those who have been raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually abused will meet weekly for 4 sessions starting in March. 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 advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks for this process prior to the start of group. Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at groups@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

Coming Soon: Support Group for African-American Survivors – starting May 2016

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.

NEW! Spring 2016 Workshop Schedule:

February 21  |  Self-Compassion & Positive Thinking

Often times one of the side effects of experiencing sexual violence is a diminished sense of self-worth which is exasperated by negative self-talk. During this workshop, participants will learn tools to help re-frame their thinking and shift their internal talk from being self-critical to being kind and compassionate.

March 20  |  Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a display of t-shirts that contain written messages and drawings intended to illustrate the effects of sexual violence. 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! Against Sexual Violence in April.

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.

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.

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)