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...

40-Hour Confidential Advisor Training 7/10

We can help you ensure your confidential advisor(s) is appropriately trained. To assist area higher education institutions in ensuring compliance with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) will be offering a 40-hour...

Weather Closure

Please note that all RVA offices will be closed on Friday, February 9 due to inclement weather. 24-hour crisis support to our partner hospitals will continue to be provided during this time. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago Rape...

Holiday Closure

Please note that all RVA offices will be closed December 22nd through January 1st. 24-hour crisis support to our partner hospitals will continue to be provided during this time. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline...

SB 407: Step Forward for IL

SB 407 requires the adoption of a sexual harassment policy for state employees, including legislators and lobbyists, to undergo sexual harassment training. On November 7th, 2017, this bill was approved and sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. Sexual...

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday

We’re counting down the days until #GivingTuesday on November 28th. This is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #ILGive is a corresponding campaign to engage Illinoisans in not only participating, but giving to organizations in...

#MeToo

I said #MeToo this week, as did many of us. Watching Harvey Weinstein fall from his post of privilege has unleashed a roller coaster of emotions for all of us. Here at Rape Victim Advocates (RVA), we’re glad another light is shining on the incredible courage of...

Our Commitment Needs No Interpretation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reversed a 2014 memo that interpreted the Civil Rights Act to protect transgender workers. The DOJ then issued a new memo arguing that Title VII, the civil rights statute that outlaws certain kinds of workplace discrimination,...

We Will Not Give Up Fighting For You & Believing You

The Dear Colleague Letter of 2011 was an important turning point for survivors of sexual violence. Prior to this guidance, survivors were left to carry the burden of attending school in an environment that felt and – in many instances – was unsafe, while struggling to...

Protect Our Community #DefendDACA

RVA believes all people have the right to safety and compassion. Immigrant families are some of the most vulnerable in our society who need to be supported, now and always. We will continue to fight for the rights of our clients and our community, and we encourage...

Statement from Director of Programs and Public Policy

It is incredibly troubling when the narratives of survivors are undermined by the perception that 90% of sexual assaults fall into categories that appear less than what society believes constitutes actual rape. Only 2-8% of rapes are falsely reported [1]. This is...

Labor Day Closing

All RVA offices will be closed Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. 24 hour crisis support to our partner hospitals will continue to be provided during this time. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline...

Taylor Swift Won and the World was Watching

Taylor Swift’s trial brought sexual violence into the limelight and her refusal to back down or be guilted showed the world she will not be silenced – and neither will we.  We all play a role in creating a world free of sexual violence. The voices of supporters, like...

RVA is Hiring!

RVA is now hiring for the following positions: Director of Development Director of Advocacy Services Austin Legal/Medical Advocate Austin Youth Educator and Counselor Case Management Specialist (Bilingual) Central Counselor (Bilingual) Central/Northside Counselor...

Fall 2017 Volunteer Training Info

The deadline for our fall volunteer training class is October 2nd. Orientation sessions are by invitation only and will be held October 9th, 10th, or 12th from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. Training dates are October 23rd through November 30th, every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday...

40-Hour Confidential Advisor Training 7/10

We can help you ensure your confidential advisor(s) is appropriately trained. 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...

2017 Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award Recipients

We are excited to announce Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino as the 2017 Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award recipients! This award recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the issue of sexual violence. Annie and...

Thank You for Supporting RVA

The NO MORE Challenge ended this week and RVA placed 4th out of the 120 organizations who participated – raising $65,397 and winning an additional $7,500 for a grand total of $72,897! Overall, this fundraising challenge raised nearly $650,000 for organizations...

RVA Welcomes New Executive Director

We are entering Sexual Assault Awareness Month with some very exciting news! Rape Victim Advocates is pleased to announce that our new Executive Director, Erin Walton, will be joining the RVA team on April 10th, 2017. “I am overjoyed to join the RVA team,”...

It’s #SAAM Day of Action!

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is to raise awareness about sexual violence & educate communities on how to prevent it. Here are a few ways to get involved. Show your support by changing your Facebook profile picture:...

RVA Interviewed by CBS 2 Chicago

Interim Executive Director, Sarah Layden, spoke with CBS 2’s Jim Williams on the assault of a 15-year-old that was broadcast on Facebook Live. “I definitely think it speaks to people not taking these types of crimes seriously,” said Sarah. “That people would...

#SAAMChi: Breaking the Silence 4/20

An open mic night featuring poets and artists who are resisting rape culture and amplifying stories of survival! The night will be emceed by Mojdeh Stoakley. Mojdeh is an award winning artist & educator. She’s performed in front of thousands, she’s...

International Women’s Strike 3/8

RVA will be participating in the International Women’s Strike on March 8th. As an organization, we stand for gender justice, economic justice, and racial justice. And every day, we fight to end violence against women – including Black women, Native women, poor women,...

#SAAMChi: Trivia Night 4/5

Hosted by RVA’s amazing volunteer committee: A #SAAMChi trivia night fundraiser! Come see how knowledgeable you are about sex on TV. When and where? April 5th at 7:00pm FATPOUR 2005 W DIVISION ST CHICAGO IL 60622 How to get tickets? Snag your trivia tickets by...

NO MORE Challenge! 3/2 – 4/11

We’re excited to let you know that we’re a part of the NO MORE Challenge again this year! It’s a fundraising campaign launched by NO MORE and Verizon benefiting organizations focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. It starts March 2nd...

Postcard Writing Happy Hour at RVA 3/30

In the first 100 days of the new administration, we’re taking action by writing postcards to our congresspeople telling them what matters to us. We invite survivors, advocates, and allies to come write postcards together in a positive atmosphere. For this event,...

The UnMasc Project

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined Narrow Definitions of Masculinity as one of the 5 key norms that make Sexual and Domestic Violence more likely. It is also a major risk factor for individual perpetration of sexual assault...

Women’s March on Chicago

RVA will be participating as an organization in the Women’s March on Chicago this Saturday, January 21st. Our objective is to make ourselves seen and our voices heard by the new administration that women’s rights are human rights. We march to be seen… We march...

RVA Holiday Closing

Please note that all RVA offices will be closed December 23rd and will reopen January 3rd.However, 24 hour crisis support to our partner hospitals will continue to be provided during this time. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago...

A Letter from Coretta

Dear Friend of Rape Victim Advocates, I am a survivor of childhood molestation and rape. As a child I was molested for years by a trusted family member. As an adult a was raped by a boyfriend and his friend. For more than 20 years I could not discuss the personal...

Victims Needs Assessment

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is conducting a Victims Needs Assessment. If you are a victim of crime, ICJIA would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey, created to better understand your needs. Responses will be kept...

Policing Women’s Bodies in Performance 12/2

Rape Victim Advocates is hosting “Policing Women’s Bodies in Performance,” a panel on the current regulations that prohibit women’s full nudity at establishments where alcohol is being served. Is this a manifestation of rape culture that blames women for...

Congrats to RVA volunteer Nikhil!

Please join us in applauding RVA volunteer, Nikhil Trivedi, for being a recipient of UN Women-Chicago Chapter’s inaugural Gender Equality Award – this award aims to recognize local men who embody the spirit of UN Women’s global HeForShe campaign. RVA nominated Nikhil...

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...

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...
The Scars Unseen: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night

The Scars Unseen: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month RVA and The Butterfly Poetry Project are organizing a night dedicated to raising our voices about an oft silenced issue of intimate partner violence. We will have featured performers and an open mic component. Join us at...