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We offer prevention programs in elementary through high schools as well as professional trainings and community presentations to spread awareness and empower our community through education.
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Since opening our doors in 1974, we have been working in and around Orange County to support all impacted by sexual violence.
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My Masculinity Helps: A Screening + Round Table Discussion

Join us for a viewing and guided discussion based on the film My Masculinity Helps, which “explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. [It] engages men and boys in the deconstruction of gender roles, masculinity, and power to prevent sexual violence.”

Scheduled for February 27th, 2020 from 5 – 7pm at the OCRCC offices 1506 E. Franklin Street, Suite 200, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. All ages and genders are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Support Groups

Spring Support Groups

  • Rape and Sexual Assault Survivors
  • Rape and Sexual Assault Survivors: Men’s Group
  • Survivors of Child Sexual Assault and Incest
  • LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Assault
  • La Sala- Comparte con otras mujeres sobrevivientes de violencia sexual. Gratis y confidencial.

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Dear Chapel Hill Community,

On January 10, 2020 the OCRCC was alerted that public accusations of sexual harassment had been made against Al Bowers, local business owner and business sponsor of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. While we do not typically comment publicly on local cases, our affiliation with the accused compels us to do so. We write today to affirm our commitment to supporting and believing survivors.

All survivors of unwanted sexual attention- including rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment- deserve safety and support. The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is committed to providing a safe space for hope, help and healing for all survivors in our community. We recognize that our public association with Mr. Bowers compromises our ability to be a safe space for all, and for this reason we have decided to cut ties with Mr. Bowers and his businesses.

Anytime someone goes public with their experiences of sexual harassment, the impact is immeasurable and far-reaching. Workplace sexual harassment is a widespread problem that affects millions of people every day, and is not isolated to this situation. Survivors who have similar experiences may be conflicted about whether or not to come forward themselves. Survivors of all kinds may find the increased public conversation about sexual harassment–including the commentary of those who will come to the defense of the accused- triggering for a variety of reasons. If you or someone you know is struggling with how to make sense of their feeling regarding these accusations, please know that expert advocates from the OCRCC are available 24 hours a day to listen, support, and connect you to resources that might be of use. If for any reason you are uncertain about utilizing the services of the OCRCC, we have included contact information for additional services in nearby communities at the bottom of this message.

Please take good care of yourselves and one another, and take note of the resources available to survivors in our community.

Rachel Valentine, OCRCC Executive Director
Julia Da Silva, OCRCC Board President
Annie Johnston, OCRCC Board Vice President
Lauren Erickson, OCRCC Treasurer
Ryan Huckabee, OCRCC Secretary

OCRCC 24-Hour Phone Helpline: 1-866-WE-LISTEN
OCRCC 24-Hour Text Helpline: 919-504-5211
OCRCC 24-Hour Online Chat Helpline:

UNC -Chapel Hill Resources:
UNC- Chapel Hill Gender Violence Services Coordinators: 919-962-7430,

Durham Crisis Response Center: 919-403-6562 (English), 919-519-3735 (Español)

OCRCC is excited to announce our new 24-Hour Text and Chat lines! This confidential resource is available for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones to speak with a trained counselor over mobile text or chat on our website. Anyone can access this line 24/7 by texting (919) 504-5211 or by navigating to our website and clicking here or clicking the chat button at the bottom right side of each page.

Last fiscal year was a year of big changes for the organization, which included the launch of our in-house Clinical Therapy and Wellness program. Learn more about services and community impact in our Annual Report 2017 – 2018.

The Center will be partnering with the incredible folks at Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina to host free HIV and STI testing at our space on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 4:30-6:30 pm. 

During our 2017-2018 fiscal year we:

Served 752 survivors, providing support to survivors and their loved ones as well as offering resources for professionals and community members.

Offered 16 support groups and workshops, some in English and some in Spanish. Nearly 100 percent of participants reported that our groups helped them feel less alone in their experience and more supported in their healing process.

Provided Community Education programs to 14,374 youth and adults. In addition to Safe Touch and Start Strong programs in local K-12 schools, the CE team worked more closely than ever with Client Services staff to deliver community-wide education opportunities, bringing customized programs to faith communities, neighborhoods, and families across the county.

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