Resilience News & Events
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
We are thrilled to announce that our 16th annual Evening of Impact will take place on May 30, 2019 at Morgan Manufacturing in downtown Chicago. The theme of this year’s event is Prevention is Power, to demonstrate our commitment to prevention education. Watch this space for more details about registration and the program as they become available.
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.
Participants will obtain foundational knowledge of sexual violence and rape culture and its’ impact on those whom experience this type of victimization. Trainees will gain basic crisis intervention skills, explore the neurobiology of trauma and learn how to respond appropriately to disclosures. They will also learn about the legal and medical remedies available to survivors and explore how sexual violence impacts unique groups of survivors. The training will conclude with an emphasis on vicarious trauma and self-care and empower trainees with the resources that they may need to share with survivors in their communities.
Last year we asked you to submit a witness slip to stop a bill requiring a presumption that equal parenting time is in the best interest of all children in dissolution of marriage and parentage cases. The bill has resurfaced again as HB 185.
We remain concerned that this bill would have a devastating impact on children in homes with domestic and sexual violence and other forms of abuse given the high legal standard required to challenge the equal time mandate. The bill would also negatively impact parents who cannot afford the cost of legal representation to fight the presumption and protect their children from further abuse.
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Resilience is hosting a training for Higher Education Institutions as required under the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act.
This training is the annual training required for anyone on campus who could potentially receive a report of sexual violence. This brand new training is highly specialized to those working at institutions of higher learning to cover the topics required by law which includes an overview of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking laws, information on trauma response, how to support survivors, and much more!