Resilience News & Events
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.
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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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We’re so pleased to welcome our inaugural Resilience Associate Board and our 2020 Associate Board President Alicia Babich! We interviewed Alicia about her connection to the Resilience mission, her vision, and her new role as Associate Board President. Keep reading to learn more about Alicia and click here to read more about the Associate Board.
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Resilience is offering a new art therapy support group! Details below:
Female-Identified Art Therapy Group for Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault
Age requirement: 18+
Location: 180 N Michigan Ave. Suite 600 Chicago, IL 60601
Dates/Time: Thursdays at 6:00-8:00PM from July 18, 2019 to September 19, 2019
No artistic experienced required!
If you are interested, please contact Jordan Ferranto, LCPC, ATR at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-443-9603 ext. 142.
Resilience’s 16th Annual Evening of Impact: Prevention is Power was recently featured in an article published in the Chicago Defender on June 19, 2019. Click here to read the full article.
Slots are still open for a 10 week Female Identified Support Group! The group has already started and will end in August 2019. Please contact Blaine Washington at email@example.com to schedule an interview or for more information.
This group is for female identified survivors who are dealing with the impact of sexual assault in their lives. This group will be a safe and supportive space where survivors can help one another, share ideas, and get new information. Information and education will be provided about sexual assault and how it relates to current thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Specific issues raised by group members will also be discussed.
AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago, Resilience team up to provide more support to survivors of sexual assault
In an article posted on Ascension’s website on April 11, 2019, Resilience’s new hospital partnership with AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago was announced. You can read the full announcement here: ascension.org/News/Social-Media-Hub/Social-Hub-Articles/AMITA-Health-Resurrection-Medical-Center-Chicago-Resilience-team-up-to-provide-more-support-to-survivors-of-sexual-assault.
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.
Resilience is hosting a 40-hr training for professionals.
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 working with higher education institutions, providing student support, policy consultation, technical assistance, training and prevention education to 13 Chicago area higher education institutions.
We can help you ensure your confidential advisor(s) is appropriately trained.
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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.
TAKE ACTION! SB 1411 (Third Consideration in the House): CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES and tell them they must look at both tracking and timely resolution of our current backlog as this bill is considered. Click here to find your representative.
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THE DECISION TO ENACT A BAN ON ABORTION IN GEORGIA AND ALABAMA IS HARMFUL TO SURVIVORS EVERYWHERE
Resilience will always advocate for all people to have full agency over their bodies. Recently there has been an attack on the agency of people with uteruses to control their reproductive freedoms. We believe people should have full control over their sexual and reproductive health, without coercion, misinformation, inaccessibility, or fear. Sexual assault survivors are harmed by anti-abortion legislation. Protecting survivors’ access to safe, decriminalized abortion care services is a necessary and critical healthcare option. We believe there is no world where it is possible to be survivor-centered and deny survivors reproductive choice or where it is possible to protect the consent and autonomy of all individuals and criminalize abortion care services. Being forced to carry a pregnancy from rape to term is a form of torture and should be condemned. Both individuals and entire communities are impacted when choice and self-determination over peoples own bodies are taken away
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This training session is designed for a range of professionals who work with survivors of trauma. The content of this training includes; information on the definition, prevalence, and facts on the characteristics of sexual assault and interpersonal violence, functions of brain areas that are involved in responding to traumatic events, how the brain and body respond to traumatic event, the influence of traumatic events on memory processes, common emotional and behavioral responses to trauma, and how to effectively work with trauma survivors. Case studies will be used to support learning of concepts presented, along with video clips and group based discussion. 3 CEUs Offered for LCPC & LCSW Licenses.
In a video that aired on CBS 2 on May 3, 2019, Resilience’s Director of Programs and Public Policy Sarah Layden was interviewed about amendments to the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA) that require hospitals to partner with a rape crisis center. Kelley Kitley, owner of Serendipitous Psychtherapy, LLC and Featured Speaker at Resilience’s 2018 Evening of Impact, was interviewed about her story of survivorship and her experience with a Resilience advocate.
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 participants gather and stand silently, wearing t-shirts that bear stories and messages protesting sexual violence.