Do You Feel Prepared to Vote on November 6?

Midterm elections are right around the corner in Illinois, and in addition to electing representatives in the U.S. House, which has the potential to sway control between democratic and republican parties, Illinois voters will also choose a governor, an attorney...

TRAINING: Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education

Resilience (formerly RVA) is once again holding our annual training to help those working for higher education institutions and those involved in the Title IX complaint resolution processes fulfill their training obligations under Illinois law. We are holding our...

Light Up the Lakefront 2018 #DVAM

Support the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by attending partner Between Friends’ annual event, Light Up the Lakefront. #DVAM Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm North Avenue Beach 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago...

Volunteer Spotlight: Alicia Babich

What do you do with Resilience? I’m a Volunteer Medical Advocate and Mentor to the August 2018 Volunteer Class Pronouns: She, her, hers What do you do outside of volunteering? Outside of volunteering, I get to manage the Sales Training & Development...

Take a look inside our rebrand.

After 44 years as Rape Victim Advocates (RVA), we saw the need for our name and messaging to better reflect our organization’s breadth of services — from our trauma therapy programs, to our work in medical and legal advocacy, to our prevention education. After...

Kathryn Meyer and Lauren Pesa Join Board of Directors

Resilience’s Board of Directors welcomed two new board members in July 2018. Kathryn Meyer is senior director of media & entertainment engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association, where she leads national media relations strategies for the Association to raise...

Breaking the Silence with Technology 9/26

A public conversation with key stakeholders about reporting campus sexual assault and the emergence of mobile apps and technology designed to increase reporting. Featuring opening remarks by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and a guided demonstration of one...

Our Music, My Body 9/17

#OurMusicMyBody: Safety, Sexism, & Harassment in the Music Scene Saturday 9/17 3:00-4:30 PM; Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago Sexual harassment in the music scene has been widely ignored for much too long. As partners, Between Friends and RVA have come...

RVA ED interviewed on Stanford rape case

RVA weighs in on the Stanford rape case on WGN Radio and FOX 32 Chicago http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/national/155844234-story “This is an egregious miscarriage of justice” – Sharmili Majmudar reacts to Brock Turner sentencing Stanford rape...

RVA Director of E&T interviewed on Vocalo

RVA’s Director of Education & Training joined Vocalo’s Morning Amp program as part of the weekly Council of Feminist Thought to discuss the different ways the entertainment industry has handled the cases and allegations against Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and...

Soirée in the City, 6/9/16

Our annual fundraiser, Soirée in the City, will be on Thursday June 9, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the beautiful Morgan Manufacturing venue in Chicago’s West Loop, 401 N. Morgan Street. 300 urban professionals will gather in support of Rape Victim Advocates....

Trauma in the Spotlight, 6/11-12

This two-day series aims to open a conversation amongst theatre makers about the physical, emotional and community impact of sexual trauma and survivorship. Featuring local experts in this intersection of theatre and trauma, we will investigate how performing artists...

Confidential Advisor Training 7/11-7/21

The Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act recently passed in Illinois, detailing a number of expectations of higher education institutions in Illinois regarding various aspects of the sexual violence response on campus. Among the many provisions is a...

Panel Discussion: Responding to Sexual Assault 4/28/16

PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING: Rape Victim Advocates The Chicago Police Department Swedish Covenant Hospital Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office This informative event will foster dialogue and discussion about sexual violence in our community. Parking vouchers will be...

ICJIA releases new data on sexual violence in Illinois

InfoNet is a web-based data collection and reporting system used by rape crisis centers across Illinois. Developed by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority in collaboration with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) and other agencies,...

Breaking the Silence 4/21/16

Join Rape Victim Advocates at Uncommon Ground for Breaking the Silence, an open mic night featuring poets and artists who have survived sexual assault and are now speaking out!

Standing Silent Witness 4/29/16

Join us to stand silently for one hour at Federal Plaza. Participants will wear t-shirts bearing the stories of sexual assault survivors in order to “break the silence” about sexual violence.

RVA is hiring!

Rape Victim Advocates is hiring for several staff positions.  Click here to view all open listings.    

RVA partners present The Vagina Monologues

The award-winning play The Vagina Monologues is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one...

RVA SoulCycle Cardio Party was a huge success!

On Sunday, November 22nd, celebrated author Liz Crokin hosted an event at SoulCycle Old Town to benefit Rape Victim Advocates. Over 30 guests cycled in a candle-lit room while listening to motivating music. The energetic SoulCycle instructor had even the triathletes...