Resilience News & Events
Resilience has partnered with Legal Aid Chicago, Chicago’s largest provider of free, comprehensive civil legal aid, in an effort to assure survivors have access to civil attorneys who can provide support on legal matters that have arisen from sexual assault.
RESILIENCE STATEMENT OF AFFIRMATION FOR TRANS STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS DURING SUPREME COURT CONSIDERATION OF LGBTQ CIVIL RIGHTS CASES UNDER TITLE VII
As the Supreme Court grapples with the meaning of ‘sex’ under Title VII (7); Resilience wants to reaffirm our support of anti-discrimination policies that include protections for the LGBTQ community. While the Illinois Human Rights Act includes gender and sexual orientation as a protected class, not all states embrace this level of inclusivity which means the Supreme Court’s interpretation is critical in setting the stage for equity.
Resilience supports survivors, staff and volunteers of all identities. We find it particularly troubling that in today’s proceedings, concerns over transgender women working at shelters was presented as a reason to bar the inclusion of our LGBTQ friends in Title 7 protections. We want to be perfectly clear; we welcome transgender folks to get involved in our work. Within the trans community there are alarming rates of sexual violence, making access to rape crisis services critical. According to the 2015 Transgender Survey, nearly 47% of trans people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime. This more than doubles the rates of sexual violence for cis women. We value staff and volunteers who represent the clients the serve.
To the LGBTQ community, know that your identity and equitable rights and protections matter to us at Resilience. We stand with you in solidarity.
Statement by Sarah Layden, Resilience Director of Programs and Public Policy. For more information on this and other policy positions, contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resilience is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of survivors of sexual violence. Through programs, outreach, and support, Resilience strives for a world free of sexual violence for everyone. Learn more at ourresilience.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @ResilienceChi.
Resilience is hosting two trainings for Higher Education Institutions as required under the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. Please see details and registration below:
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In an article published on September 23, 2019 in the DePaulia, Director of Programs and Public Policy Sarah Layden was interviewed for an op-ed about the myth that sexual assault allegations derail the careers of powerful men. Read the full article here.
With our new partnership with Percent Pledge, you can now support Resilience by making a single, monthly gift to our Women’s Empowerment Cause Portfolio. Click here to make a gift today.
In honor of Resilience’s 45th anniversary and our theme “Celebrating Resilience,” we’re celebrating the people who make #OurResilience possible and telling the stories of some of our biggest supporters, starting with our volunteers.
Continue reading “Celebrating Resilience: Victoria Velinski” »
OurMusicMyBody is a campaign by Between Friends and Resilience 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 create a physical presence at music venues and festivals by tabling and to help us spread awareness in a variety of ways. If you’d like to help us end sexual harassment AND see your favorite bands play live, become a volunteer! Please see details below:
Continue reading “OurMusicMyBody Fall Volunteer Training” »
Resilience is offering drop-in support groups for survivors of sexual violence who are currently on the Resilience wait list. Please see details below:
Continue reading “Drop-In Support Groups 9/26/19-11/21/19” »
In an interview published on Vocalo on August 28, 2019, Prevention Educator Maggie Arthur talked about OurMusicMyBody and sexual violence prevention education. Click here to listen to the full story.
Please join us as we celebrate the new home of our office location in Austin!
Continue reading “Austin Open House 9/16/19” »
In an article published in the Chicago Tribune on August 20, 2019, Director of Advocacy Services Maria Balata was interviewed about self-defense classes and preventing sexual violence. Read the full article here. Resilience provides sexual violence prevention education that uses an anti-oppressive, survivor-centered approach and teaches people of all ages to prevent sexual violence and support survivors.
The OurMusicMyBody campaign was recently featured in an article published by Refinery29 on July 30, 2019. Click here to read the full article, “Sexual Assault Is Still Rampant At Music Festivals. Here’s How We Stop It.”
Slots are still available for Resilience’s Support Group for African American Women! Please see below for details:
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Registration is open for the 11th Annual Foursomes 4 Philanthropy, a charity golf event with proceeds benefiting Resilience! Please see below for details and registration info:
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As you may have heard, the rape kit backlog has become a 2020 presidential campaign issue (see below for RAINN’s statement). We’re encouraging advocates to spread the word about the rape kit backlog — and urge Congress to pass S.820, the Debbie Smith Act, before funds expire this year—by posting on social media.
Continue reading “Congress Must Pass the Debbie Smith Act” »
Resilience Volunteer Medical Advocates are here exclusively to serve the needs of survivors—the sole person on whom survivors can count to protect their rights and ensure consistent, specialized, and humane treatment in the face of such unimaginable trauma. View our 2019 and 2020 volunteer training schedule below:
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.
We’re so pleased to welcome our FY2020 Board President Tom Andreesen! We interviewed Tom about his connection to the Resilience mission, his vision, and his new role as Board President. Keep reading to learn more about Tom:
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