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 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 or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.

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, designing and creating their own project. All materials will be provided.

July 16: 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 meditating 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.

August 20: TBD

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

Support Groups

We are currently planning support groups and workshops for Fall 2017. Please check back here for updates, or email to ask to be added to our email notification list.

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