Resilience News & Events

Women’s Support Group

This virtual support group is for women survivors ages 18+.  We welcome all cis, non-binary, and women survivors to join us in this group space to process your experiences with sexual violence on romantic relationships and intimacy.  Survivors will have the opportunity to choose topics relating to relationships after experiencing sexual violence.  This group will provide survivors a safe space to share experiences, learn, and heal.  The group will be facilitated by Alexa Diego and Allison O’Neill.
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Open Art Studio Care Space

Take care of yourself and connect with others during Sexual Assault Awareness Month by dropping-in to an Open Art Studio Care Space. This 3-week virtual series is open to adult survivors of sexual violence and allies 18+, all genders welcome. Bring your creative ideas, share your progress on an ongoing art piece, start a new project, or take a pause. Self-directed artwork is encouraged with prompts and support provided upon request.

Participants will use any items and materials that can be gathered on your own such as paper, magazines for collage, pens, markers, and more. Survivors and allies are welcome to join the care space for one session or all three, for the full two-hour studio time or partial time, as your schedule allows. Facilitated by Annalise Castro, Jordan Ferranto, LCPC, ATR, Victoria Herrera, and Lauren Milburn, LPC, R-DMT.
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Howard Brown Health Expands Access to Medical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors

Resilience is proud to announce a new partnership with Howard Brown Health to expand access to forensic exams, colloquially known as rape kits, at their North and South Side clinics. This new partnership is a result of months of legislative effort in collaboration with the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) and Howard Brown to amend the legislation that governs who can provide forensic exams to sexual assault victims. It is the first time that access to these exams will be available to adult survivors outside of hospitals, a setting that many survivors have avoided during the current pandemic. In response to COVID-19, the option to access medical care and forensic exam at Howard Brown will be available until June 30, 2021. We are honored to collaborate with Howard Brown who is one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ organizations. Our hope that is this remedy will not only provide an option for those who fear going into a hospital but also offer safer spaces for LGBTQ+ survivors. Read Howard Brown’s press release here.

Interview with Kate Lawler

Kate Lawler is the Director of the Pathways Program at Swedish Hospital now part of NorthShoreThe Pathways Program was developed to strengthen the hospital’s ability to identify and assist patients who are survivors of interpersonal violence. Pathways has served more than 1,800 survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking since 2015. Resilience is proud to partner with Swedish Hospital. 

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Celebrating Resilience Speaker Series 2

Join us for a special and thought-provoking conversation with survivor, activist, advocate, lobbyist, nurse, and mother Brenda Tracy during our second Celebrating Resilience Speaker Series event. Brenda travels the country speaking to university students, athletes and various organizations to raise awareness regarding sexual violence and to share her story of courage, hope, and resilience.  For more information about Brenda, please visit her website.
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Interview with Kyra Jones

Kyra Jones is a former Resilience volunteer, filmmaker, artist, advocate and educator. She is currently the Assistant Director of Sexual Violence Response Services and Advocacy at Northwestern University. Resilience spoke with Kyra about her career in sexual violence prevention, the upcoming film she is writing, directing, and producing, and how she combines her passions for filmmaking and sexual assault advocacy.

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Sheltering in an Unsafe Place

Since the city was ordered to shelter in place, rape crisis and domestic violence centers have seen an influx of calls for support. This workshop will guide participants through several scenarios to help them understand how the trauma response shows up in the virtual classroom. More importantly, participants will leave with resources to help young people in need find a path to safety.
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Dinner Table Dialogues – Kickoff Meeting

We’re so excited to introduce a new initiative with you – Dinner Table Dialogues, founded by Jean Cozier, a major Resilience donor and founder of Awakenings, a non-profit dedicated to making visible the artistic endeavors of survivors of sexual violence. Dinner Table Dialogues will bring together passionate, active supporters who are interested in using their voices and platforms to bring a greater awareness of the impact of sexual violence on our culture.
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A Grounding Space: Aligning With Inner Peace

Have you been feeling unsettled recently? Us too. Resilience invites you to an hourlong virtual gathering focused on self-care practice. We aim to create a trauma-informed, re-centering space for our community members, survivors of violence and their loved ones. Join us on Tuesday January 19 from 12-1 PM for an open discussion on tangible coping skills, breathing and stretching techniques, and some guided meditation. Please wear loose clothing, if possible, for movement activities.
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Drop-In Support Group for SANE Nurses

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners continue to care for survivors of sexual assault while also battling the COVID-19 public health crisis on the front lines. Beginning January 11, 2021, the Resilience trauma therapy team will be facilitating a space for SANE nurses to seek out support from one another and from our specially trained staff about these experiences in the ER. These sessions are open to all sexual assault nurses working in Illinois hospitals impacted by COVID-19. Continue reading “Drop-In Support Group for SANE Nurses” »