Resilience News & Events
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.
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We are excited to share that we’ve partnered with a new hospital: AMITA Resurrection Health Medical Center Chicago. Our advocates have already begun responding to calls. Twenty-four hours a day, our Volunteer Medical Advocates are on call to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, legal and medical advocacy, and referrals to other supportive services in the city. Click here to read our full press release for our partnership with AMITA Resurrection Health.
Friday, April 19
Standing Silent Witness T-Shirt Making Party
11:00AM–4:00PM | Resilience Central and Northside Offices
180 N Michigan Ave. Suite 600 Chicago, IL 60601 (Central)
1945 W Wilson Ave. Suite 6114 Chicago, IL 60640 (Northside)
Join us for t-shirt, grounding stone, and button making for Standing Silent Witness, our signature event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We’ll be making shirts for folks to wear with stories and messaging protesting sexual violence. We will also be making buttons and grounding stones for participants to hold as they stand silent witness with us on April 26. You are welcome to stop by throughout the day and stay for as little or as long you’d like. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.
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Sunday, March 31
Bitchin’ Pop Up
12:00PM–4:00PM | The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
Help us kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Bitchin’ Pop Up, a feminist craft show at The Empty Bottle featuring over 20 vendors and DJ Jill Hopkins from Vocalo! Proceeds will benefit Resilience.
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Thursday, April 4
Vicarious Trauma and Resilience: Caring for Yourself through Your Body
6:00PM–8:00PM | Resilience Central Conference Room
180 N Michigan Ave. Suite 600 Chicago, IL 60601
Join us to learn practical body-based strategies to cope with the impact of SAAM. You will leave this event with an understanding of what vicarious trauma looks like and how it shows up for you, as well as an understanding of the contagious empowerment of survivorship known as vicarious resilience. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP and invite your friends to our Facebook event!
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Sunday, April 14
7:00PM–9:00PM | Hamburger Mary’s
5400 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
Join us for 10 rounds of bingo, drinks, and #SAAMChi FUN at HamBINGO Mary’s, Hamburger Mary’s weekly charity bingo event! Resilience volunteers will bring the prizes and bingo will be hosted by drag diva Alexis Bevel! Guests are asked to make a $15 donation to play all night, which will benefit Resilience. Help us pack the house! Call ahead to reserve a table any time up to 30 minutes before bingo starts at (773) 784-6969 or hamburgermarys.com/Chicago. Please note that donations and payment for bingo cards will be CASH ONLY.
Wednesday, April 17
Breaking the Silence
7:00PM–10:00PM | The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
Breaking the Silence is a night of poetry and spoken word performances that highlights the healing of survivors and their allies. The event will feature several featured performers including Monica Cosby, Meggi Lampen, Rebecca Aaren, Emily Kissinger, Emily Hagerty, Melissa Castro Almandina, and more! Plus, there will be open mic sign ups at the top of the show. The Resilience Trauma Therapy Team will be on hand to provide support during the performance. RSVP and invite your friends to our Facebook event!
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Friday, April 26
Standing Silent Witness
12:00PM–1:00PM | Dirksen Federal Building Plaza
219 S Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60604
Standing Silent Witness, Resilience’s signature event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), is a visual demonstration of the silencing of survivors of sexual violence, where participants gather silently for one hour wearing t-shirts that bear stories and messages protesting sexual violence. At the end of the hour, participants break the silence. Standing Silent Witness brings together nearly 200 participants each year. RSVP and invite your friends to our Facebook event. Continue reading “SAAM 2019: Standing Silent Witness 4/26/19” »
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH 2019
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). To raise awareness about sexual violence and build support for survivor-led movements to end rape culture, Resilience, along with participating organizations, is hosting events throughout April and launching the SAAM Challenge fundraising campaign. You can start your own fundraiser here: resilience.salsalabs.org/supportresilience/index.html.
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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.
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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.