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...

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...

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...

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...

Upcoming Volunteer Training Dates & Deadlines

You can help Resilience support survivors and end sexual violence. Find out more about our volunteer opportunities and which one is right for you. 2019 volunteer training dates and application deadlines are now available – click here. Upcoming Volunteer Training...

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...

Making Matters

Making Matters is a space for self-guided art making among individuals affected by sexual violence. When: May 15 and June 19, from 5 – 8:00 pm Where: Awakenings, 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave. Suite C-204 Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers,...

Reiki Clinics

Our Reiki Clinics are an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. When: Wednesday, June 20 from 5 – 8:30 pm Where: Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd Event page: www.facebook.com/events/325208321342049...

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Training

As required under the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, this training is the annual training required for anyone on campus who could potentially receive a report of sexual violence. This training will cover an overview of sexual assault, domestic...

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...

#SAAMChi: OurMusicMyBody Benefit Show

Come listen to some incredible bands sing the good word of consent and enter to win a bunch of prizes and goodies! Featuring Baby Money and the Down Payments, Impulsive Hearts, Maggie Kubley, and DJ Claire Lyerla! When: Wednesday, April 4 at 8pm Where: GMan...

#SAAMChi: Feminist Hero Trivia Night

Come test your knowledge of the superheroes who fought for equality…without the help of superhuman strength, x-ray vision, or flight. Hosted by our amazing volunteer committee! When: Tuesday, April 10 from 7 – 9pm Where: FatPour Tap Works, 2005 W Division St...

#SAAMChi: Breaking the Silence 4/19

Breaking the Silence is an open mic night for local Chicago artists to share their stories of survival and resistance through poetry and spoken word. We encourage performers of all ages, languages, and backgrounds to stand up against sexual violence with RVA and The...

#SAAMChi: Standing Silent Witness 4/27

Standing Silent Witness is RVA’s signature event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! In a visual demonstration of the silencing of survivors, participants gather silently for one hour wearing t-shirts with stories and messages protesting sexual violence and...

Celebrating our DVAM S/Heroes

To celebrate the work our domestic violence community partners do every day, and especially throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we’re hosting a self-care night for them! It’ll be an evening of drinking, snacking, and relaxing at self-care stations –...

Making Matters 11/21

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

Men in the Movement: Fall Series

Men in the Movement (MITM) is an open discussion series that focuses on men’s responsibility in the anti-rape movement.  Our discussions are focused on a variety of elements related to masculinity and styled in a casual and engaging format. The discussions create...

Making Matters 10/17

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

Neighborhood Community Peace Circle

In recognition of International Day of Peace, we’re partnering with Connected Chicago to hold a peace circle on Thursday, September 21st from 10:00-11:30am at our Austin Community Office.  This space is for members of the Austin neighborhood to meet one another,...

Making Matters 9/19

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

Reiki Clinic 9/27

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our fourth Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Making Matters 8/15

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

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...

Pressing Pause: A Discussion about Music and Sexism 8/5

Join RVA on Saturday, August 5th from 2:00-3:30pm at the Maze Branch Library for an open discussion. This workshop for teens and adults will center around the messages we hear in music.             We’ll look at genres, lyrics, and videos...

“Healing Embodied” Photography Exhibit Opening

“Healing Embodied” is an awareness promotion campaign created by RVA in partnership with the Awakenings Foundation and Chicago artist, Victoria Herrera. Eight survivors of sexual assault/abuse collaborated with Victoria to express their stories of healing from sexual...

Meeting in the Middle 7/29

Back by popular demand! Join RVA as we discuss emotional labor, assertive communication, and how to utilize these skills within relationships affected by trauma. This workshop will explore what emotional labor is, how to balance emotional labor, and how to communicate...

Making Matters 7/18

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

Men in the Movement: Summer Series

Join Men in the Movement for three amazing events this summer! Men in the Movement (MITM) is an open discussion series that focuses on men’s responsibility in the anti-rape movement. Our discussions are focused on a variety of elements related to masculinity and...

Beyond “13 Reasons Why”: A Discussion 6/13

Did you watch “13 Reasons Why” and can’t stop thinking about it? Join Rape Victim Advocates and the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center to discuss the show with other teens and young people. Participants will process what it was like to watch the show, explore the...

Speak Your Truth 6/20

Even when your voice shakes. A workshop presented by the Survivor Engagement Committee. We invite all survivors of sexual violence who want to learn about sharing your stories of survival to enact cultural change or further your own healing. Explore spoken, written...

Making Matters 6/13

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

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...

Speak Out Summit

Join this virtual summit centered around sexual assault awareness, prevention and healing. This 5-day summit will feature expert coaches, advocates and spiritual leaders from across the country to educate you on how to have healthy conversations around sexual...

Book Signing at Women & Children First 5/31

Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino, co-authors of the book, We Believe You, will be at Women & Children First bookstore on Wednesday, May 31st starting at 7:00pm. Prior to the book signing will be a training session facilitated by Chicago’s Courage Campaign...

We Need You Now: Allyship with Sexual Assault Survivors 5/16

Join RVA as we participate in #OnTheTable2017 to discuss what we can do to better support sexual assault survivors in our community. How do we respond to victims? What do survivors need from us? What does prevention and fighting rape culture look like?   Spend an hour...

Making Matters 5/16

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

Songs of Survival at The Awakenings Foundation 5/11

The Awakenings Foundation is proud to present their THIRD installment of Songs of Survival – an hour long program of multi-media performances by survivor artists at their gallery space in Ravenswood. Please join to witness, support and share the healing of survivors...

Reiki Clinic 5/31

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our third Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Platicando Con Tus Hijos 4/26

Estrategias Para Prevenir el Abuso Sexual de Menores. Organizador: Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) Defensores de Víctimas de Violación Facilitadores: Bianca Herrera y Jessica Salgado Evento: Taller de Educación de Prevención del Abuso Sexual de Niños Para Padres Que...

Making Matters 4/18

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

#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...

#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,...

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Image & Trauma

All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop co-led by Poetry Foundation staff member Maggie Queeney & RVA Art Therapist Jordan Ferranto. In this session, we will explore image, the sensual description evoking the physical...

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...

Inauguration Day Chat & Chew 1/20

We’re creating a safe place for anyone dealing with the impact of sexual assault in their lives to cope together during this potentially triggering event. It will be a very informal setting with chatting, snacks, and self-care items. You don’t have to go...

Art Therapy Group 1/18-4/5

For adult survivors of sexual violence. We will chat, share snacks, and use the creative process to explore topics important to you. No artistic experience or expertise required, just a desire to connect with other survivors and explore what your vision of healing...

Reiki Clinic 2/22

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our second Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

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...

Home for the Holidays 12/5

Join us to learn tools for coping with the holidays, including simple self-care and breathing techniques. This event is open to survivors and their loved ones. Individuals of all gender identities are welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

Making Matters 11/15

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between.Making Matters is an art based community gathering for survivors of sexual violence, loved ones, supporters and advocates alike. This month, we seek to create safe space for...

Reiki Clinic 11/16

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our first Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Audrie & Daisy Screening 10/26

Join us for an evening of conversation, connection, and empowerment as we come together to have a discussion about the real life experiences of these two girls and what we can do to ensure safe homes and communities for all people. This event is hosted by Between...

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...

Couples Support Group, 10/3 – 11/28

The couples support group will be exploring issues couples face. Participation is open to all couples of all genders. 18+ Mondays October 3rd – November 28th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 180 N Michigan Ave., Suite 600 Contact Reneé at 312-443-9603 x31 or Brittany at...