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Drop-In Group FAQ
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Sexual Assault Survivor Drop-In Support Group. If you have questions not on this list, please call our helpline at 251-7273.

Q: When is the drop-in support group?
A: Group will be held every other Wednesday starting May 24 thru August 16 (5/24, 6/7, 6/21, 7/5, 7/19, 8/2, 8/16) from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Q: Where is group held?
A: Group will be held at the First Floor Conference room at the RCC business office (2801 Coho St, Madison, WI).

Q: Do I need to sign up or let some one know that I am coming?
A: No. Please feel free to "drop in" at the start time of 5:30 p.m.

Q: Can I still come to the group if I can't get there by the start time?
A: Yes. Please try to come to the group as close as possible to the start time. We want to create a safe place where people can share without disruption. NOTE: If there are less than 3 people present by 5:45 p.m., the group will be cancelled for that day.

Q: How do I know if group is cancelled?
A: If group is cancelled in advance for any reason it should be updated in the "closings and cancellations" section of our website and voicemail no later than 4:30 pm on the day group is scheduled. You can access this message by calling our business office at (608) 251-5126 and choosing mailbox 35. If those are not accessible, you can also call the 24 hour helpline at (608) 251-7273 to ask whether the group is cancelled.

Q: Is this group only for rape victims? For incest/childhood abuse survivors?
A: This group is for anyone who has been harmed by sexual violence, including survivors of both sexual assault and incest/childhood abuse.

Q: Is this support group only for college students?
A: No. This group is open to all female adults (18 & older) in the community.

Q: Where can I park?
A: There is plenty of free parking in the parking lot for the building.

Q: Do I have to talk if I come to group?
A: No. It takes courage to come to a support group. We understand that it may take time for you to feel comfortable enough to talk about your experiences.

Q: Can I bring a friend with me to group?
A: A female friend can come to lend support to the survivor of sexual violence.

Q: I am a man. Can I come to the group?
A: Rape Crisis Center wants to support all survivors of sexual violence. We have found that men and women may need different types of support. RCC proudly co-sponsors a group for male survivors. Men Moving Forward is a facilitated support group for people working together on issues of physical, emotional or sexual violence which meets twice a month in Madison. All orientations and identities are welcome. Please contact for more information. Please call the Rape Crisis Center at 608-251-7273 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to find out about Rape Crisis Center's other services for men.

Q: I am a student doing a project about sexual assault/abuse. Can I come to observe the group?
A: No. To create a safe space, the group is limited to survivors of sexual abuse/assault and their support people. If you have specific questions about the dynamics of sexual assault, please call the Rape Crisis Center at 251-5126.