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?
Group will be held every Wednesday starting January 25 thru April 26 (no group 3/22) from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Q: Where is group held?
Group will be held at the Pyle Center (702 Langdon St, Madison, WI). Check board in lobby for room.
Q: Do I need to sign up or let some one know that I am coming?
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?
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?
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?
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?
No. This group is open to all female adults (18 & older) in the community.
Q: Where can I park near the Memorial Union?
There is metered parking on the east side of the Memorial Union and in front of Langdon Street on Lake Mendota. There is also a parking ramp on Lake Street, off of University Avenue. Students may also utilize Safe Walk to be escorted to and from the group. For more information on this service, please call SAFEwalk at 262-5000.
Q: Do I have to talk if I come to group?
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 female friend can come to lend support to the survivor of sexual violence.
Q: I am a man. Can I come to the group?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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.