Resilience News & Events
Resilience is supporting HB 92, House Amendment 001, which allows a person with an outstanding warrant for a non-violent crime to report sexual assault against them or seek medical treatment for that assault without concern of being arrested for the alleged non-violent crime. The individual will not be arrested but will receive a notice to appear in court instead. This bill empowers law enforcement officers to treat survivors in a respectful, trauma-informed manner. When survivors report sexual assault or seek medical services and evidence collection for sexual assault, being arrested and restrained is likely to re-traumatize them and make them feel like a criminal when they are the victim. Continue reading “Support HB 92, Amendment 1 – Submit a Witness Slip!” »
Resilience is excited to share that we have partnered with Illinois Advocate Masonic Medical Center to provide services to survivors of sexual violence. Our advocates have already begun providing crisis intervention, emotional support, legal and medical advocacy, and referrals to other resources to survivors who seek our services at this new location. You can read the full press release about our partnership with Illinois Advocate Masonic Medical Center here.
Resilience has partnered with Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), 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. Continue reading “Free Attorney Consultation 3/27/19” »
Resilience is hiring a Trauma Therapist to be based in our Austin Community Office. The Trauma Therapist will be responsible for providing individual, couples and family counseling as well as facilitating support groups for adult and adolescent sexual assault victims/survivors and their significant others at the Austin Community Office, and occasionally off-site. This is a full-time, exempt position. Read the full job description here.
In January we asked the Chicago 2019 Mayoral candidates about their plans to address gender-based violence in Chicago. An updated version focusing on questionnaire answers from Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle is now available. The guide was compiled by the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, Resilience, CAASE, Life Span, and the National Shriver Center.
At a press conference on Thursday, March 8, Director of Advocacy Services Mariá Balata, together with other representatives of local organizations that make up the Status of Women and Girls Working Group, joined the Office of the City Clerk in announcing Chicago’s New Deal for All Women and Girls, a series of 20 recommendations set forth by the working group. You can read the full press release here.
Continue reading “Mariá Balata Helps Present Chicago’s New Deal for All Women and Girls #PinkNewDeal” »
Support HB 3550!
“It’s never too early to begin educating about consent. Education on consent fosters compassion, empathy, accountability, and respect for others’ boundaries. It provides a framework for helping young people understand that the choices they make, the behaviors and actions they take, affect others. In the same way, it empowers youth to identify and assert their own boundaries in relationships and beyond,” says Lillian Cartwright, Director of Education & Training.
Continue reading “Support HB 3550!” »
ACTION ALERT: Call Your Members of Congress and Ask Them to Support H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019!
We invite our supporters to listen to this hearing, which took place this morning, and we urge all members of Congress to join us in strong bipartisan support for this bill.
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.
Continue reading “Child Sexual Abuse Training 4/18/19” »
On a radio show that aired on WBBM on February 25, 2019, Executive Director Erin Walton commented on the recent charges against R. Kelly. She spoke about the impact of the charges on young survivors and said she hopes the case against R. Kelly will clear up misconceptions about minors and consent.
In an article published in the Chicago Tribune on February 22, 2019, Executive Director Erin Walton commented on the recent sexual abuse charges against R. Kelly. Walton was joined by Anthony Clark, who helped organize a protest outside of R. Kelly’s Chicago recording studio in January.
Executive Director Erin Walton Co-Authors Op-Ed on Sexual Violence, Youth, and the Chicago Mayoral Race
In an op-ed published by the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Executive Director Erin Walton, together with the other Executive Directors for the founding agencies of the Chicago Prevention Alliance (CPA), wrote about sexual violence against youth and the Chicago mayoral race. Read the full article here.
Resilience is supporting HB 3550, which would require Illinois schools to teach age-appropriate consent as a part of any sex education curriculum.
Continue reading “Support HB 3550 to Advocate for Consent to be a Part of Illinois Sex Education” »
In a video interview published on Faith on the Journey, Prevention Educator Emma Gonzalez discusses the prevalence of sexual violence, rape myths affecting youth, and how adults can model consent for youth and prevent sexual violence.
Resilience has partnered with Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), 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.
Continue reading “Free Attorney Consultation at Resilience Tuesday 2/26/19” »
Resilience is hiring a Children’s Medical/Legal Advocate! The Children’s Medical/Legal Advocate position is responsible for providing crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy, and emotional support to child and adolescent sexual assault victims/survivors and their significant others.
OurMusicMyBody recently held a training for new volunteers. One of the campaign’s newest volunteers, a student at Walter Payton High School and a member of the Stop Sexual Assault in Schools Advisory Board, wrote a blog post about the training, reflecting on the experience and the importance of educating youth to stop sexual and domestic violence more broadly. Read it here.