OCRCC Support Group Updates


Please see the below message from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center

Support Group for LGBTQ Survivors

Tuesdays 6-8pm, July 12 – Aug 30 @ the LGBTQ Center of Durham


The Center will be offering a support group for adult, LGBTQ+ identified survivors. This group is an opportunity to learn, share, and gain support from others with similar experiences in a safe and affirming space. Please note that advance meetings with staff and group facilitators are required for participation – pre-meetings happening now. Contact groups@ocrcc.org.


Healing through Art: A Support Group for Survivors

Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, July 28 – Sept 1 @ OCRCC


The Center is offering an arts and crafts support group for female survivors. We will meet weekly for six sessions. 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. People of all levels of artistic ability are welcome. Contact groups@ocrcc.org.


Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors 

Every 3rd Sunday of the Month, 2-4pm at the Center

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. Survivors of all genders are welcome to attend.Pre-registration is required. Contact groups@ocrcc.org.



June 26 – Empowerment Through Coloring

Join us for an afternoon of coloring! It’s not just an activity for children.Coloring can help you de-stress, ground, and express yourself. Additionally, we’ll be using coloring sheets that incorporate inspiring, motivational, and empowering phrases for survivors. So whether you’re already using coloring for self-care or whether it’s new to you, this will be a great opportunity to intentionally set aside time to color. All materials will be provided. 


July 17 – Mapping Our Journey

#WeAreHere, in conjunction with OCRCC will facilitate a workshop for survivors to create ink washed maps exploring the journey and impact of trauma and sexual assault. Participants will explore art and mapmaking by charting their own healing journey through writing, collage, and geography. Each map is an exploration of identity, place and power. Participants can opt to have their maps displayed at an interactive #WeAreHere exhibit. The exhibit will include audio and transcribed oral histories with survivors and service providers, public performances by survivors, digital media pieces, and policy recommendation documents. Collectively, the maps represent the pervasive impact sexual violence has on our communities and culture.


This workshop will entail writing and creating art out of experiences of trauma. It is not recommended for survivors of recent sexual trauma as it may be triggering. OCRCC Facilitators and Companions will be available throughout workshop for support. All materials will be provided. For more information visit: hiddenvoices.org.


August 21 – Meditation & Mindfulness

Stress is a normal part of life, and when we experience a 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. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so register ASAP! Contact groups@ocrcc.org.





Please email groups@ocrcc.org if you’re interested in any of these opportunities. I will email updates and post them on our website at ocrcc.org/groups as we plan more opportunities. Let me know if I can answer any questions about these groups and if you are interested in a particular group. Our 24-Hour Help Line is also available anytime for support, information, and referrals at 919-967-7273.


Best wishes,


Bethany Wichman-Buescher

Client Services Director


Office: 919-968-4647

24-Hour Help Line: 866-WE LISTEN (866-935-4783)


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