Resilience News & Events

#GivingTuesday is here! Support Resilience and double your gift today.

It’s finally here! Today, on #GivingTuesday, you can invest in a world without sexual violence. By making an online gift to support our prevention education program, you will help us:

  • Educate nearly 18,000 youth, parents, and teachers to prevent child sexual abuse
  • Train over 4,000 law enforcement, healthcare, education, and social services professionals to prevent sexual violence and stand with survivors
  • Care for over 2,000 survivors through advocacy, counseling, and support groups, including specialized support through our expanding art therapy program
  • Create cultural shifts in the way people view and respond to sexual violence

Resilience, formerly Rape Victim Advocates, is committed to ending rape culture. As we continue providing compassionate care to survivors, now, more than ever, we strive to prevent sexual violence from happening in the first place. Last year, we raised just over $10,000 on Giving Tuesday. This year, our goal is to double this amount to $20,000. With your help, I know we can do this. Today between noon and 2pm, your gift will be matched by an anonymous generous donor.

Rape culture ends with prevention education. Together, we can work toward this change.

Make your donation here.

Thank you for your gift and support.


Rape culture ends with prevention education. You can help on #GivingTuesday

Dear Friend,

Rape culture ends with prevention education. In our current social climate, where rape myths have a bigger voice than survivors, it is estimated that every 98 seconds a sexual assault happens. One in three women and one in six men experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, those who identify as transgender or bisexual face the highest rates of sexual violence, and every 8 minutes a claim of child sexual violence is substantiated. By investing in prevention education, you can help change these statistics. I have no doubt that together we can end rape culture.

Please consider making your online gift to Resilience by clicking here on #GivingTuesday (November 27) to work toward our shared vision. Or, if you would like to make your gift today, please click here.

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Do You Feel Prepared to Vote on November 6?

Midterm elections are right around the corner in Illinois, and in addition to electing representatives in the U.S. House, which has the potential to sway control between democratic and republican parties, Illinois voters will also choose a governor, an attorney general, judges, and other state executive officer roles.

Resilience encourages those who can, to vote, and to do your research before heading to the ballot.

The #metoo movement has drawn national attention on the narratives of survivors and the rights of survivors in schools and workplaces. While it is important to familiarize yourself with the response of systems of government when survivors choose bravely to come forward, we also encourage a commitment to taking down all systems that support not only sexism, but racism, classism, xenophobism, ableism, ageism and heterosexism in your voting.  Tackling the intersection of these systems of oppression will always remain at the heart of what Resilience stands for and remains at the very foundation of our work supporting survivors of sexual violence.

We encourage you to study up on the candidates up for election here in Illinois, and make informed decisions around who aligns with your personal beliefs.  Here are few resources to help you in your research (we encourage you to also seek your own): Continue reading “Do You Feel Prepared to Vote on November 6?” »

Resilience’s Sarah Layden on supporting survivors thru the Kavanaugh confirmation

Resilience’s Director of Programs and Public Policy Sarah Layden appeared on NPR affiliate station WBEZ to speak “about what you can do to emotionally protect yourself from the news and rhetoric surrounding the Kavanaugh hearings–and best ways to support survivors who may be in your life.”

Read more and listen to the conversation with Layden, and Sharmili Majmudar of Women Employed: WBEZ Morning Shift Getting Thru The Kavanaugh Confirmation- Especially as a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Resilience responds to the comments from the President on Dr. Ford and sexual assault survivors

Resilience’s Director of Education & Training Lillian Cartwright and Between Friends Executive Director Yesenia Maldonado appeared on Chicago’s ABC Eyewitness News (WLS) to talk about President Trump’s speech mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault testimony against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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We expect all survivors to be treated with dignity and respect, no exceptions.

The confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice is a lifelong appointment, which means one has lifelong privilege to interpret and uphold the laws of our country. A candidate that will potentially have this much impact on our nation should be vetted with the highest integrity of investigative standards. Multiple states have moved towards trauma-informed, survivor-centered practices in addressing sexual violence, including Illinois. As the highest examples of moral and political standards of our nation, we demand our federal government do the same.

We will remain vigilant in our support of survivors. #hilltoo #fordtoo

— from our Director of Programs and Public Policy, Sarah Layden

We will continue to march for your rights! Join Resilience for March to the Polls 2018!

Women’s March Chicago (WMC) will once again take over Grant Park on October 13, 2018 at 9am, and is calling for us to come together and march as the polls open for early voting in Illinois.

As policies affecting the intersectionality of survivor identities continues to impact the most marginalized communities, Resilience will march to influence the need for those who can vote, to vote. This rally and march is a critical next step in voter engagement, as we mobilize to protect the right to equal protection for all. Our participation is aimed to reflect the power of the anti-gender-based violence movement as we march and galvanize our clients, volunteers, staff, supporters and allies to head to the polls in greater numbers than ever before.

Friday, October 12

Drop-in Sign-Making Party

Resilience Loop Office: 180 N. Michigan, Suite 600

Anytime between: 11am – 7pm

Saturday, October 13

Sign-Making, Donuts and COFFEE

Resilience Loop Office:  180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600

8am (please note time change)

Rally and March

Grant Park

9am – 12noon

RSVP to join us:

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Resilience Executive Director Erin Walton a Panelist for “The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector”

Erin Walton, Executive Director of Resilience, discussed our new brand, and how we were guided in the rebranding process by keeping in mind both our mission and the communities we serve, when she was a panelist for a roundtable dinner hosted by Prosper Strategies, on the topic of “The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector.

Twenty-plus nonprofit marketing and communications professionals from a diverse range of nonprofit organizations across Chicagoland attended and discussed nonprofit brand challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered throughout their careers. Continue reading “Resilience Executive Director Erin Walton a Panelist for “The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector”” »

Rebellious Magazine: Executive Director Erin Walton on Rebranding to Resilience

Rebellious Magazine spoke with Erin Walton, executive director of Resilience, to learn more about our name change.

Below is an excerpt; read the full article here.

It’s rare for an organization that has been around as long as Resilience to choose a new name. Was it a difficult process to come to a consensus about this decision?

Change rarely, if ever, comes without challenge. For us, this was nearly a year-long process.

Once it was decided a change had to be made, how was the rebranding accomplished?

We began with a task force of stakeholders that formed to lead the effort. We reached out to our community partners and friends and ultimately selected a marketing partner that we felt comprehended our mission and vision and could help us articulate our brand in a fresh new way. Continue reading “Rebellious Magazine: Executive Director Erin Walton on Rebranding to Resilience” »