A Message from Executive Director Erin Walton

Below is a message from Resilience Executive Director Erin Walton, published on June 3, 2020: As a Black woman, wife and mother I can say that it is an extremely difficult time to be Black in America. Black people account for 72% of COVID-19 deaths in Cook County....

Statement of Solidarity with Minneapolis Protestors

Resilience envisions—and demands—a world where all people are supported as equal members of society. Our work to empower survivors and end sexual violence is the work to end white supremacy and anti-Blackness. Just like murder, sexual violence is a weapon used to...

Safety Is Survivor-Defined Virtual Training 2020

Resilience is hosting a virtual training called Safety Is Survivor-Defined: Exploring Safety Planning with Survivors of Domestic Violence during COVID-19. Please see below for more details. Safety Is Survivor-Defined: Exploring Safety Planning with Survivors of...

Sunday Story Time

Resilience is hosting a Sunday Story Time series on Facebook Live through the end of August 2020. Please see below for more details. Sunday Story Time Sundays May 17, 2020 through August 30, 2020 12:00–12:30pm CT We are bringing education and solidarity to your home!...

Resilience Summer Book Club 2020

Resilience is hosting a virtual summer book club from May 2020 through August 2020. Please see below for more details. Resilience Summer Book Club Resilience is continuing to stay connected with the community this summer through our virtual Summer Book Club series....

Celebrating Resilience: LaShanda Nalls and Japhie Sarantos

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. This month we’re celebrating the staff who put their leadership...

Support Resilience on May 5, 2020 for #GivingTuesdayNow

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope: that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, so many in our community have come together to help out, give back, and show they care. Whether through...

Community Testing for COVID-19 at Swedish Hospital

Swedish Hospital has expanded COVID-19 testing for patients who meet the CDC and IDPH criteria. To determine if you need a COVID-19 test, call Swedish Hospital’s free COVID-19 Help Line at 773-907-7700 or begin screening online. Your results will be evaluated by a...

Resilience Joins We Demand More Coalition

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and around the world, threatening the lives, health, and livelihoods of millions, we need Congress to act urgently to provide immediate protections for essential workers, families, women and non-binary folks...

Fact Sheet: Expanded Illinois Unemployment Benefits

Governor Pritzker has expanded the availability of unemployment benefits. Click here to read an article that explains the changes. Keep reading to download fact sheets created by our partners at Legal Aid Chicago on state and federal changes to unemployment benefits....

Info Sheets: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act has been signed into federal law, and our partners at Legal Aid Chicago have created some helpful info sheets about the new paid sick leave and paid leave benefits under the expanded Family and Medical Leave Act. Read more...

Surviving Sexual Violence During COVID-19

Resilience recognizes that sexual violence does not pause during a pandemic. In these unprecedented times, we are doing everything we can to assure that survivors have the support needed to heal. We will continue to be creative and innovative in our efforts to ensure...

COVID-19 Updates about Emergency Orders of Protection

All court dates for Emergency Orders of Protection that are set to return or expire on March 17, 2020 through and including April 15, 2020 are extended, rescheduled and continued. Survivors can visit their website to see their next court date by clicking here.

Self-Care During COVID-19

Living through the current COVID-19 pandemic can be uniquely challenging for survivors and their loved ones. You may not have access to the same spaces and opportunities for self-care that are normally available, and you may experience more negative emotions such as...

Resilience Updates Related to COVID-19

As an organization dedicated to the healing of survivors and their loved ones, we are prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in our community as we make decisions about how to best proceed with our programs and events. We are continuing to monitor the spread...

Women of Color Survivors Support Group 3/26/20-7/2/20

**IMPORTANT UPDATE AS OF 3/16/20: THIS SUPPORT GROUP HAS BEEN CANCELED** As of March 16, this support group has been canceled. We will keep our community and training registrants updated as information and guidance related to the spread of COVID-19 continues to...

Erin Walton Interviewed on WGN 2/24/20

Resilience Executive Director Erin Walton was interviewed about Harvey Weinstein’s conviction on WGN on February 24, 2020. Click here to watch the video interview and read the article.

Celebrating Resilience: Kindra Nelson

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. This month we’re celebrating the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners...

Art Therapy Support Group 3/5/20-4/23/20

**IMPORTANT UPDATE AS OF 3/16/20: THIS SUPPORT GROUP HAS BEEN CANCELED** As of March 16, this support group has been canceled. We will keep our community and training registrants updated as information and guidance related to the spread of COVID-19 continues to...

Teach-In and Letter Writing in Support of Chrystul Kizer 2/11/20

While Resilience works to assure that response by officers, investigators, prosecutors are trauma-informed and survivor-centered, we are also deeply committed to ensuring our work includes survivors who are criminalized and prosecuted for the actions they took in...

Resilience in Chicago Parent magazine 1/15/20

Resilience was recently featured in Chicago Parent on January 15, 2020 in an article about talking to youth about catcalling. Click here to read the full article: https://www.chicagoparent.com/learn/general-parenting/how-to-explain-catcalling-to-kids/.

Free Attorney Consultation at Resilience 2/13/20

Resilience has partnered with Legal Aid Chicago, 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 assault. Click...

Resilience Goes to Women’s March 2020

Resilience will be participating in the Chicago Women’s March 2020. Please see details about our sign making event and marching plans below: Resilience Goes to Women’s March 2020 Saturday, January 18, 2020 Resilience Central Office (180 N Michigan Ave....

Free Attorney Consultation at Resilience 1/28/20

Resilience has partnered with Legal Aid Chicago, 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 assault. Click...

FUNdraising Workout Class at Crosstown Fitness

The Resilience Associate Board is hosting a fundraising workout class at Crosstown Fitness on January 18, 2020. Please see details below: FUNdraising Workout Class at Crosstown Fitness! Saturday, January 18, 2020 12:30PM to 1:30PM Crosstown Fitness 3600 N Halsted St....

Queer Survivors Support Group 1/22/20-4/1/20

**IMPORTANT UPDATE AS OF 3/16/20: THIS SUPPORT GROUP HAS BEEN CANCELED** As of March 16, this support group has been canceled. We will keep our community and training registrants updated as information and guidance related to the spread of COVID-19 continues to...

Resilience on the Rick Kogan Show 1/5/20

Resilience was mentioned on After Hours W/ Rick Kogan on January 5, 2020, in a segment about an upcoming discussion of Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning taking place at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Resilience will have a table at the event and will...

Celebrating Resilience: Ashton McLean-Hall

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. This month we’re shining a spotlight on Ashton McLean-Hall....

Erin Walton Interviewed on the Jen Weigel Show 12/24/19

Resilience Executive Director Erin Walton was interviewed on The Jen Weigel Show on December 24, 2019. Click here to listen to the full interview: http://www.wlsam.com/the-jen-weigel-show/?fbclid=IwAR3_znFeGNCQMwJiA1PhvzU8Y8vIfAsExi751DTgdUQK9PCVOgaLXk1uWi4.

Drop-In Support Group 2019-2020

**UPDATE AS OF MARCH 13, 2020: DROP-IN GROUP HAS BEEN CANCELED.**  As of March 13, 2020, our Drop-In Support Group has been canceled. If you should need support or have questions about this, please contact Japhie Niver, Trauma Intervention Specialist, at...

Resilience in Chicago Tribune 12/10/19

Resilience’s Director of Programs and Public Policy Sarah Layden was quoted in an article published in the Chicago Tribune on December 10, 2019. Resilience’s Director of Advocacy Services Mariá Balata raised the issue covered in the article to the Illinois...

Call to Action: Bars Are Bystanders Too

Approximately 90 percent of rapes perpetrated by an acquaintance of the victim involve alcohol. About 43 percent of sexual assault events involve alcohol use by the victim and 69 percent involve alcohol use by the...

Holiday Paint and Sip Fundraiser 12/12/19

Join the Resilience Associate Board this holiday season to enjoy an evening of art and support a good cause! Please see below for details: Holiday Paint and Sip Fundraiser The Resilience Associate Board is hosting a winter-themed sip and paint event at Pinot’s Palette...

Consulta Gratuita de Abogados en Resiliencia 12/20/19

Resiliencia se ha asociado con Legal Aid Chicago, 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 legales surgidos de...

Free Attorney Consultation at Resilience 12/20/19

Resilience has partnered with Legal Aid Chicago, 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 assault. Click...

Celebrating Resilience: Jean Cozier

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. This month we’re celebrating the donors who partner with us to...

Consulta Gratuita de Abogados en Resiliencia 11/8/19

Resiliencia se ha asociado con Legal Aid Chicago, 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 legales surgidos de...

Free Attorney Consultation at Resilience 11/8/19

Resilience has partnered with Legal Aid Chicago, 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 assault. Click...

Support Resilience on Giving Tuesday 12/3/19

Mark your calendars! This year #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. You can support Resilience by clicking the Donate button at the top of our website. GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated...

Lillian Cartwright Featured in City Bureau 9/26/19

Resilience Director of Education & Training Lillian Cartwright was featured in an article and audio recording in the City Bureau on September 26, 2019. Lillian was representing Resilience on a panel of speakers addressing the topic of how journalists can improve...

CLASP: Free Legal Help for Sexual Violence Survivors

Resilience is partnering with Legal Aid Chicago to provide free comprehensive legal assistance for sexual assault and sexual violence survivors, as a part of the Comprehensive Legal Assistance for Survivors Project (CLASP). Please see details below or check our...

Free Attorney Consultation at Resilience 10/22/19

Resilience has partnered with Legal Aid Chicago, 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 assault. FREE...

RESILIENCE WELCOMES TRANS STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

RESILIENCE STATEMENT OF AFFIRMATION FOR TRANS STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS DURING SUPREME COURT CONSIDERATION OF LGBTQ CIVIL RIGHTS CASES UNDER TITLE VII As the Supreme Court grapples with the meaning of ‘sex’ under Title VII (7); Resilience wants to reaffirm our support of...

Sarah Layden featured in the DePaulia 9/23/2019

In an article published on September 23, 2019 in the DePaulia, Director of Programs and Public Policy Sarah Layden was interviewed for an op-ed about the myth that sexual assault allegations derail the careers of powerful men. Read the full article here.

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...

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,...

2020 Volunteer Training Dates and Deadlines

**IMPORTANT UPDATE AS OF MARCH 16, 2020: SPRING 2020 TRAINING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.**  As of March 16, spring volunteer training has been postponed. We will keep our community and training registrants updated as information and guidance related to the spread of COVID-19...

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.

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...