Support Groups + Workshops

Support groups and workshops offer a safe space for survivors with similar experiences of sexual violence to talk, support, and encourage each other.

Support Groups + Workshops​

Support groups and workshops offer a safe space for survivors with similar experiences of sexual violence to talk, support, and encourage each other.

About Our Support Groups + Workshops

Each support group is led by two trained facilitators who have experience working with survivors of sexual violence. Most groups have 5-10 members and meet weekly for 8-10 weeks. Once they begin, groups are closed to new members. Please note that all support groups require a phone screening and pre-meeting with the coordinator and facilitators. Our workshops provide an opportunity for primary and secondary survivors of sexual violence to learn and practice skills for self care, empowerment, and positive coping. Workshops can be a single session or series and are lead by experts or professionals for each topic. If you are interested in joining a group or a workshop, you can call our helpline at (919) 967-7273 or contact us at groups@ocrcc.org. We can answer any questions you may have about our groups and how to sign up. Registration is required to join all groups and workshops. All our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

OCRCC holds events in accessible buildings and is committed to disability access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation. We also offer childcare on request. To request accommodation or childcare, contact us at least 7 days in advance at (919) 967-7273 or groups@ocrcc.org.

What to Expect

If you are interested in joining a support group, please call (919) 967-7273 or reach out to Groups@ocrcc.org to begin the screening process. Our Support Group Coordinator will reach out to set up an initial phone screening process; which is in place to ensure we are the right fit for your group needs. You will not be required to disclose any experiences or trauma during the initial phone screening. It will cover basic information regarding your experience with groups, your personal support system, and how you heard about OCRCC support groups.

After your phone screening, if our services suit your needs, the Support Group Coordinator will reach out to schedule an in-person screening with the group facilitators. The in-person screening will not include any questions about your trauma history. The questions will focus on your learning style, your goals for group, and any accommodations you may need. If support groups are not right for you, our Support Group Coordinator will work with you to find services that suit your needs.

Due to the importance of creating a positive group dynamic, it is asked that group members miss as few groups as possible.

The Support Group Process

Each support group is led by two trained facilitators who have experience working with survivors of sexual violence. Most groups have 5-12 members, meeting once a week for two hours for 8-10 weeks.  Once they begin, groups are closed to new members. Our support groups are open to people of all genders unless otherwise specified. Facilitators will create outlines depending on the group’s wants and needs. These range from discussion topics, to art activities, to writing prompts. In group, you will never be forced to talk or share. We believe it is of the utmost importance to take care of yourself and your needs. During the first group, members will create a set of “Guiding Principles” or “Group Rules” to create a safe space for everyone.

Please note that all support groups require a phone screening and in-person meeting with the coordinator and facilitators.

Our workshops provide an opportunity for primary and secondary survivors of sexual violence to learn and practice skills for self-care, empowerment, and positive coping. Workshops can be a single session or series and are lead by experts or professionals for each topic.

If you are interested in joining a group or a workshop, you can call our helpline at (919) 967-7273 or contact us at groups@ocrcc.org. We can answer any questions you may have about our groups and how to sign up. Registration is required to join all groups and workshops. All our groups and workshops are free and confidential.

OCRCC holds events in accessible buildings and is committed to disability access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation. We also offer childcare on request. To request accommodation or childcare, contact us at least 7 days in advance at (919) 967-7273 or groups@ocrcc.org.

Upcoming Support Groups + Workshops

Our Support Groups are currently available virtually via Zoom.

Thursdays 6-8pm from April 23rd to June 11th | at OCRCC
This 8-session, discussion-based group will give survivors of child sexual abuse and incest an opportunity to discuss their experiences and gain support. It is open to all genders.

Registration is open now! Contact Groups@ocrcc.org to learn more. Register by March 31st.

Wednesdays 6-8pm from April 22nd to June 10th | at OCRCC
This 8-session, discussion-based group will give survivors of rape and sexual assault an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence. This group is open to all genders. 

Registration is open now! Contact Groups@ocrcc.org to learn more. Register by March 31st

Mondays 6-8 pm starting April 20th | at OCRCC
This 10-session, discussion-based group is created specifically for men who are survivors of rape and sexual assault. Facilitated by men, it will give others a space to learn, share, and gain support from men with similar experiences of sexual violence. This group is facilitated by and open to all men.

Registration is open now! Contact Groups@ocrcc.org to learn more. Register by March 31st

Tuesdays 6-8 pm starting April 21st | at OCRCC
This 10-session, discussion-based group will give  LGBTQ survivors of rape and sexual assault an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences of sexual violence. This group is open to all genders.

Registration is open now! Contact Groups@ocrcc.org to learn more. Register by March 31st

TBD | a OCRCC
Comparte con otras mujeres sobrevivientes de violencia sexual. Gratis y confidencial. Para registrarte: Soleir 919-636-6170, Soleir@ocrcc.org

Saturdays 2-4 pm May 30th – June 20th  | Zoom

Set aside a few hours a week for creativity in this workshop series that’s part creative writing, part craft circle.  Work together with OCRCC group facilitators to compile a collaborative zine on a topic of the groups’ choosing. During each session consisting of planned activities and time to share, you’ll create bite-sized stories, comics, poems, or art.  Digital prowess and physical craft supplies are all welcome–if you can take a picture of it, it can go in the zine!

This space welcomes and empowers all queer identities and artistic expressions.

Current Workshops

Sunday February 2nd at 11am and Monday February 3rd at 2pm | at OCRCC
This drop-in workshop series, with two available sessions, is for anyone who has experienced, or believe they may have experienced, workplace sexual harassment. It’s a time to find support, connect with others, learn about your rights, and discuss resources in the community. Both sessions will be held in the OCRCC Office and led by trained facilitators. No registration is required. Snacks and refreshments will be available!

For questions or more information contact rvalentine@ocrcc.org

Examples of Support Groups and Workshops We Have Offered

  • Rape and sexual assault survivors
  • Survivors of child sexual abuse of incest
  • Sexual assault support group for men
  • LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence
  • Workshops and support groups for family members, partners, and friends of survivors
  • Workshops on navigating the legal system, meditation, yoga, arts and crafts, horticulture, and many more

For Additional Information

Please contact us at info@ocrcc.org for more information.