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Our Story

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:

  1. provide direct assistance to rape victims through a volunteer-operated crisis phone line, casework and accompaniment services, and group counselling;
  2. to educate the public toward a change in attitude and treatment of the issue of rape.

Today, our mission is to provide meaningful supports and empower trans and cis women, trans and cis men, two-spirit, gender-fluid, and non-binary people who experience sexual and gender-based violence.

Our Team