Support Groups

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. 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:

 

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

When: September 30; October 7, 14, and 21
Time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: Free (all supplies provided)

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is offering an arts and crafts workshop for female survivors of sexual violence and abuse. We will meet on Tuesday evenings, 6 to 8pm, for 4 sessions beginning on September 30. Participants will have the opportunity to complete arts and crafts projects that promote healing and self-care. We will also have time to discuss and process feelings that come up 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.

Please note that screenings are required for participation and will be held September 9-26. For more information, please contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at 919-968-4647 or bethany@ocrcc.org as soon as possible.

Support Group for Family Members, Partners, and Friends of Sexual Assault and Abuse Survivors

When: November 5, 12, and 19 and December 3, 2014 (We will NOT meet on Nov. 26)
Time: Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Where: OCRCC
Cost: FREE

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is offering a support group for the adult parents, partners, family members, and friends of those who have been raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually abused. We will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00pm, for 4 sessions beginning on November 5. 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. Please allow 3-4 weeks for this process prior to the start of group. For more information, please contact Programs Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at 919-968-4647 or bethany@ocrcc.org.

 

  

If the specific group you are interested in is not currently available, call us at 1-866-WE LISTEN 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.
  • 24-Hour Help Line:

    • 866-WE-LISTEN (866-935-4783)
    • 919-967-7273 (Local)
    • 919-338-0746 (TTY)