The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) was founded in 1974 by a small group of women who wanted to ensure women in Ottawa who had experienced sexual assault could receive the right supports. It was the third rape crisis centre to operate in Canada. The original goals of the ORCC were to:
- provide direct assistance to rape victims through a volunteer-operated crisis phone line, casework and accompaniment services, and group counselling;
- to educate the public toward a change in attitude and treatment of the issue of rape.
Today, ORCC supports people with lived experience of sexual and gender-based violence through counselling and crisis services while advocating for systemic change through education, policy and research.