April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). To raise awareness about sexual violence and build support for survivor-led movements to end rape culture, Resilience, along with participating organizations, is hosting events throughout April and launching the SAAM Challenge fundraising campaign. You can start your own fundraiser here:

If you are hosting a fundraiser, here is a link that you can use to create a fundraiser page for your event:

Sunday, March 31
Bitchin’ Pop Up
12:00PM–4:00PM | The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Help us kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Bitchin’ Pop Up, a feminist craft show at The Empty Bottle featuring over 20 vendors and DJ Jill Hopkins from Vocalo! Proceeds will benefit Resilience.

Thursday, April 4
Vicarious Trauma and Resilience: Caring for Yourself through Your Body
6:00PM–8:00PM | Resilience Central Conference Room
180 N Michigan Ave. Suite 600 Chicago, IL 60601

Join us to learn practical body-based strategies to cope with the impact of SAAM. You will leave this event with an understanding of what vicarious trauma looks like and how it shows up for you, as well as an understanding of the contagious empowerment of survivorship known as vicarious resilience. Refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, April 14
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 bingo will be hosted by drag diva Alexis Bevel! Guests are asked to make a $15 donation to play all night, which will benefit Resilience. Help us pack the house! Call ahead to reserve a table any time up to 30 minutes before bingo starts at (773) 784-6969 or

Wednesday, April 17
Breaking the Silence
7:00PM–10:00PM | The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Breaking the Silence is a night of poetry and spoken word performances that highlights the healing of survivors and their allies. The event will feature several featured performers including Monica Cosby, Meggi Lampen, Rebecca Aaren, Emily Kissinger, Emily Hagerty, Melissa Castro Almandina, and more! Plus, there will be open mic sign ups at the top of the show. The Resilience Trauma Therapy Team will be on hand to provide support during the performance.

Friday, April 26
Standing Silent Witness
12:00PM–1:00PM | Dirksen Federal Building Plaza
219 S Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60604

Standing Silent Witness, Resilience’s signature event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), is a visual demonstration of the silencing of survivors of sexual violence, where participants gather silently for one hour wearing t-shirts that bear stories and messages protesting sexual violence. At the end of the hour, participants break the silence. Standing Silent Witness brings together nearly 200 participants each year.


SAAM 2019 calendar of events

For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, contact Lillian Cartwright, Director of Education & Training, at

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