Celebrating Resilience: Victoria Velinski

In honor of Resilience’s 45th anniversary and our theme “Celebrating Resilience,” we’re celebrating the people who make #OurResilience possible and telling the stories of some of our biggest supporters, starting with our volunteers. Resilience was founded in 1974 by a...

OurMusicMyBody Fall Volunteer Training

OurMusicMyBody is a campaign by Between Friends and Resilience promoting safe and consent-informed music experiences for all and trying to end sexual violence in music spaces. This grassroots movement relies on volunteers to both create a physical presence at music...

Drop-In Support Groups 9/26/19-11/21/19

Resilience is offering drop-in support groups for survivors of sexual violence who are currently on the Resilience wait list. Please see details below: Survivors of Sexual Assault Drop-In Support Groups Thursdays at 6-8PM September 26 to November 21 Resilience 180 N...

Austin Open House 9/16/19

Please join us as we celebrate the new home of our office location in Austin! Austin Open House Monday, September 16, 2019 4:00PM to 7:00PM 4909 W Division St. Suite 407 Chicago, IL 60651

Maria Balata interviewed in Chicago Tribune

In an article published in the Chicago Tribune on August 20, 2019, Director of Advocacy Services Maria Balata was interviewed about self-defense classes and preventing sexual violence. Read the full article here. Resilience provides sexual violence prevention...

11th Annual Foursomes 4 Philanthropy

Registration is open for the 11th Annual Foursomes 4 Philanthropy, a charity golf event with proceeds benefiting Resilience! Please see below for details and registration info: 11th Annual Foursomes 4 Philanthropy Sunday, October 6, 2019 White Deer Run Golf Club 250 W...

Congress Must Pass the Debbie Smith Act

As you may have heard, the rape kit backlog has become a 2020 presidential campaign issue (see below for RAINN’s statement). We’re encouraging advocates to spread the word about the rape kit backlog — and urge Congress to pass S.820, the Debbie Smith Act,...

Erin Walton Interviewed on WGN

In a video that aired on WGN on July 2, 2019, Executive Director Erin Walton was interviewed about how to talk to kids and summer camp staff about preventing sexual violence. Click here to watch the full interview and read Resilience’s tips.

Meet Tom Andreesen, FY2020 Board President

We’re so pleased to welcome our FY2020 Board President Tom Andreesen! We interviewed Tom about his connection to the Resilience mission, his vision, and his new role as Board President. Keep reading to learn more about Tom: Tom Andreesen, FY2020 Board President Why...

Sarah Layden Interviewed by CBS

In a video published by CBS on May 21, 2019, Director of Programs and Public Policy Sarah Layden commented on the 6% arrest rate for criminal sexual assault cases, as well as survivors’ experience working with law enforcement.

40-Hour Confidential Advisor Training 7/23/19

Resilience is hosting a 40-hr training for professionals. To assist area higher education institutions in ensuring compliance with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, Resilience will be offering a 40 hour training specifically designed for...

Maggie Arthur Interviewed in UPROXX

In an article published in UPROXX on May 15, 2019, Prevention Educator Maggie Arthur was interviewed about her work for OurMusicMyBody, a collaborative campaign between Resilience and Between Friends to promote consensual music experiences.

ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT SB 1411!

TAKE ACTION! SB 1411 (Third Consideration in the House): CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES and tell them they must look at both tracking and timely resolution of our current backlog as this bill is considered. Click here to find your representative. Synopsis: Illinois State...

ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT HB 92!

TAKE ACTION! No sexual assault survivor should be arrested when seeking medical aid. Call your state senator and tell them to support House Bill 92! Click here to find their info. Allows a Court Summons to be Issued instead of an Arrest for Survivors Seeking Emergency...

Standing Silent Witness 2019 on WBBM

In an article published by WMMB News Radio on April 26, 2019, survivors of sexual violence were interviewed at Standing Silent Witness demonstration. Standing Silent Witness is Resilience’s signature Sexual Assault Awareness Month event, where nearly 200...

OMMB Featured in the Christian Science Monitor

In an article published today by the Christian Science Monitor, OurMusicMyBody (OMMB) was featured for its partnership with music festivals to prevent sexual violence. OurMusicMyBody is a collaborative campaign between Resilience and Between Friends to raise awareness...

Consulta gratuita de abogados el 24 de abril

Resiliencia se ha asociado con la Fundación de Asistencia Legal (LAF), el mayor proveedor de asistencia legal civil gratuita y completa de Chicago, en un esfuerzo por asegurar que los sobrevivientes tengan acceso a abogados civiles que puedan brindar apoyo en asuntos...

Free Attorney Consultation 4/24/19

Resilience has partnered with Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), Chicago’s largest provider of free, comprehensive civil legal aid, in an effort to assure survivors have access to civil attorneys who can provide support on legal matters that have arisen from sexual...

SAAM 2019: HamBINGO 4/14/19

Sunday, April 14 HamBingo 7:00PM–9:00PM | Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 Join us for 10 rounds of bingo, drinks, and #SAAMChi FUN at HamBINGO Mary’s, Hamburger Mary’s weekly charity bingo event! Resilience volunteers will bring the prizes and...

Support HB 92, Amendment 1 – Submit a Witness Slip!

Resilience is supporting HB 92, House Amendment 001, which allows a person with an outstanding warrant for a non-violent crime to report sexual assault against them or seek medical treatment for that assault without concern of being arrested for the alleged...

Free Attorney Consultation 3/27/19

Resilience has partnered with Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), Chicago’s largest provider of free, comprehensive civil legal aid, in an effort to assure survivors have access to civil attorneys who can provide support on legal matters that have arisen from sexual...

Support HB 3550!

Support HB 3550! “It’s never too early to begin educating about consent. Education on consent fosters compassion, empathy, accountability, and respect for others’ boundaries. It provides a framework for helping young people understand that the choices they make,...

ACTION ALERT: Ask Congress to Support Reauthorizing VAWA

ACTION ALERT: Call Your Members of Congress and Ask Them to Support H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019! March 8, 2019 Please forward widely! House Judiciary Crime subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Representative Brian...

Child Sexual Abuse Training 4/18/19

Resilience is offering a training on child sexual abuse on April 18, 2019. This announcement contains information and details about the training, presenter, and registration, so please read thoroughly. BUY TICKETS NOW Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a serious problem in...

Free Attorney Consultation at Resilience Tuesday 2/26/19

Resilience has partnered with Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), Chicago’s largest provider of free, comprehensive civil legal aid, in an effort to assure survivors have access to civil attorneys who can provide support on legal matters that have arisen from sexual...

40-Hour Confidential Advisor Training 7/23/19

To assist area higher education institutions in ensuring compliance with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, Resilience will be offering a 40 hour training specifically designed for Confidential Advisors. Resilience has an extensive history of...

ICASA’s Official Comment to Proposed Title IX Regulations

Resilience is proud to share the official comment to the proposed Title IX regulations by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA).  Our very own Director of Programs and Public Policy Sarah Layden, along with directors and advocates from other centers,...

Resilience office closure Wednesday, 1/30/19

Please note that all Resilience offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 30th due to weather. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline at 1-888-293-2080. Thank you for your understanding.

OMMB Featured in The Alternative

In an article on The Alternative, OurMusicMyBody was featured for its work to promote consent in the music scene. OMMB is a collaborative campaign led by Resilience and Between Friends.

OurMusicMyBody Winter Volunteer Training 1/26/19

OurMusicMyBody is a campaign by Between Friends and Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates) promoting safe and consent-informed music experiences for all and trying to end sexual violence in music spaces. This grassroots movement relies on volunteers to both...

Resilience Mentioned in Survivors Project on NBC 5

In an article posted on NBC 5 on April 2, 2018, Resilience was listed as resource for survivors of sexual violence. In an accompanying video, 2018 Evening of Impact Featured Speaker Kelly Kitley tells her own story of surviving sexual violence, as a part of the...

OurMusicMyBody Featured in Chicago Reader

In an article in the Chicago Reader on January 21, 2019, OurMusicMyBody was featured for its work to promote consent at music festivals. Maggie Arthur, Resilience Prevention Educator, and Matt Walsh, Between Friends Prevention Education Specialist, speak about the...

Free Attorney Consultation this Thursday at Resilience

Resilience has partnered with Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), Chicago’s largest provider of free, comprehensive civil legal aid, in an effort to assure survivors have access to civil attorneys who can provide support on legal matters that have arisen from sexual...

Resilience Featured in Chicago Reader

In an article in the Chicago Reader on January 8, 2019, Resilience was featured as an organization in Chicago that supports survivors of sexual violence and works to prevent sexual violence. The list of resources was motivated by the recent airing of Surviving R....