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 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:


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.

body mapping

Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule:

March 22  |  Body Mapping – Join us for a self-exploration activity. Participants will have the opportunity to identify and illustrate how they experience feelings such as anger and sadness in our bodies. We’ll also reflect on what to do with this new knowledge and discuss our realizations together.

April 19  |  Clothesline Project – Participants will decorate t-shirts which they can choose to be displayed at the Shout Out!

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


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

When: Mondays, March 16 – April 6, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
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.

Please note that pre-meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation. Pre-meetings are happening now. For more information, please contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at 919-968-4647 or


Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8:30pm, Location TBD. Submissions due March 24.

The Center’s annual Shout Out! is an event that explores the survivor experience through stories and testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music, and visual art. We welcome submissions from survivors of sexual violence, their loved ones, and allies. Pieces can be submitted with the artist’s name or anonymously. Those submitting written-word pieces may choose to perform those pieces themselves or they can request that a volunteer read their piece. Artists do not need to be present in order for their work to be included. All written pieces will be printed in the event program in both English and Spanish unless otherwise specified by the artist.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s Shout Out!, you can send questions and submit pieces to Crisis Response Coordinator Joey Honeycutt at The deadline for submissions is March 24. We look forward to hearing from you!


Coming Soon!

Starting in late spring (dates/times TBD):

  • Support group for male survivors of sexual assault and abuse
  • Support group for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence


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