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.

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.

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...

OMMB Featured in the Christian Science Monitor

In an article published today by the Christian Science Monitor, OurMusicMyBody (OMMB) was featured for its partnership with music festivals to prevent sexual violence. OurMusicMyBody is a collaborative campaign between Resilience and Between Friends to raise awareness...

OMMB Featured in The Alternative

In an article on The Alternative, OurMusicMyBody was featured for its work to promote consent in the music scene. OMMB is a collaborative campaign led by Resilience and Between Friends.

Resilience Mentioned in Survivors Project on NBC 5

In an article posted on NBC 5 on April 2, 2018, Resilience was listed as resource for survivors of sexual violence. In an accompanying video, 2018 Evening of Impact Featured Speaker Kelly Kitley tells her own story of surviving sexual violence, as a part of the...

OurMusicMyBody Featured in Chicago Reader

In an article in the Chicago Reader on January 21, 2019, OurMusicMyBody was featured for its work to promote consent at music festivals. Maggie Arthur, Resilience Prevention Educator, and Matt Walsh, Between Friends Prevention Education Specialist, speak about the...

Resilience Featured in Chicago Reader

In an article in the Chicago Reader on January 8, 2019, Resilience was featured as an organization in Chicago that supports survivors of sexual violence and works to prevent sexual violence. The list of resources was motivated by the recent airing of Surviving R....

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...

RVA to Honor “Me Too” Founder at Annual Fundraising Event

More than 300 local leaders, philanthropists, and activists will raise awareness and funds to support survivors and work to prevent sexual violence.  RVA’s Evening of Impact (formerly known as Soiree in the City) will be returning to Morgan Manufacturing on May...

Women who inspired us in 2017

Excerpt: The Chicago Tribune asked women activists, organizers and politicians two questions: What moved or shaped you the most this year? and What’s next for women in 2018? Read the full article...

RVA Joined FOX 32 Chicago

Sarah Layden, Director of Programs and Public Policy at RVA, joined FOX 32 Chicago to talk about defining harassment in the workplace. Watch the full segment at www.fox32chicago.com/mornings/297139902-video.

RVA Interviewed by the Chicago Tribune

Excerpt: Beth Enterkin, a trauma therapist and clinical training specialist at Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago, offers her expertise on ways untrained listeners can best support someone who chooses to share a sexual trauma story.  Read the full article...

RVA Interviewed by FOX 32 Chicago

Our Advocacy Volunteer Manager, Mariá Balata, was interviewed last night by FOX 32 Chicago. Read the full article at www.fox32chicago.com/news/gymnast-mckayla-maroney-alleges-sexual-abuse-by-team-doctor.

RVA Featured on Univision Chicago

Watch the full segment at www.univision.com/chicago/wgbo/noticias/denuncias/metoo-la-campana-con-la-que-pretenden-denunciar-el-acoso-sexual-video.  

RVA Interviewed on CBS Chicago Segment #MeToo

Excerpt: The response from Hollywood stars to everyday people was, both, overwhelming and eye-opening to many. “My first thought was, how brave,” said Megan Blomquist, who works with victims through the Chicago organization Rape Victim Advocates. “When you see someone...

Director of Education & Training Interviewed on CBS Chicago

Excerpt: Harvey Weinstein was one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. But the fallout from Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal continues to grow. “The person that is doing the harassing is trying to control the victim in these situations, so there’s a lot of...

Austin Trauma Therapist Highlighted in Chicago Tribune

Our Austin Trauma Therapist, DeVona Alleyne, was highlighted in Chicago Tribune’s Oak Leaves!  Excerpt: Q: What brings you out today? A: I’m part of a consent panel today at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church. I’m a trauma therapist at the Austin...

OurMusicMyBody Campaign Highlighted in Chicago Tribune

RVA Prevention Educator, Kat Stuehrk, was interviewed by Chicago Tribune’s Jessi Roti about OurMusicMyBody and combating sexual violence at music festivals. Excerpt: RVA partnered with nonprofit, domestic violence agency Between Friends to develop the...

RVA Featured in NBC Chicago Article

Our Austin team was interviewed by NBC Chicago about challenges in the environment of Chicago’s Westside in relation to the topic of sexual violence.  Excerpt: Amber Johnson, a medical and legal advocate for Rape Victims Advocates on the west side of Chicago, said...

Article by CBS on Standing Silent Witness

RVA Director of Education and Training, Megan Blomquist, was interviewed by CBS during Friday’s signature Sexual Assault Awareness Month event, Standing Silent Witness.  Read it here.

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...

RVA Featured in Medill Reports Chicago

Central Counselor & Art Therapist, Jordan Ferranto, was interviewed by Medill Reports Chicago: “At Rape Victim Advocates, art therapy sessions can include crafting, painting, drawing, and poetry to work through the trauma of sexual assault. Last month, art...

Making Matters Featured in Medill Reports Chicago

“We started this group as a way to build community and solidarity around the issues of sexual violence,” says organizer Jordan Ferranto. “A place to kind of unwind, relax, enjoy each other’s’ company, make some art, and just kind of be present with each other.” Read...

RVA Counselor Featured in The Columbia Chronicle

Central Counselor & Art Therapist, Jordan Ferranto, was interviewed by The Columbia Chronicle about her work in art therapy with survivors. Read the article here. RVA’s next art therapy session, Making Matters, will be help on Tuesday, October 17th at The...

RVA ED interviewed on Stanford rape case

RVA weighs in on the Stanford rape case on WGN Radio and FOX 32 Chicago //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...