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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Volunteer Training Schedule 2015

: Chicago, Illinois, Rape Victim Advocates...helping victims become survivors since 1974



Join us on Friday 4/24 from 12-1 PM at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago (Dearborn and Adams) for Standing Silent Witness, RVA’s signature event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Standing silently for one hour, participants wear t-shirts bearing the stories of sexual assault survivors in order to “break the silence” about sexual violence. Join us at RVA’s Central Office at 11 AM to prepare for the event and/or after the event for a lunch. For more information, contact Megan Blomquist, Director of Education & Training.

Please check out www.facebook.com/rapevictimadvocates 
for details and updates on all of our SAAM events.

Saam the Consent Corgi wants you to join in!

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Thanks to everyone who joined us at our 40th Anniversary Celebration on June 26 - we raised over $66,000! What an amazing community of support for survivors we have! We want to especially acknowledge the generous support of our many sponsors:

Weren’t able to attend but still want to support RVA? Click here to make a secure online donation to RVA via GiveDirect!

  • Volunteer Training is offered four times during the year- All volunteers who complete our training will be certified as Rape Crisis Counselors, in accordance with the Illinois law. If interested in volunteering, please review the responsibilities and deadlines, and fax a completed application to 312-443-9602 or email volunteer@rapevictimadvocates.org.
  • Dr. Natalie Stephens Turner, RVA Founder, 1920 - 2012. Dr. Stephens', as she was known professionally, was a true visionary and steadfast advocate for survivors of sexual violence. All of us at RVA are deeply saddened by her passing and express our sincere condolences to Dr. Stephens' family, friends and colleagues. We are proud that Dr. Stephens' legacy lives on in the thousands of individuals and families helped by RVA's 24/7 crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy and counseling services. To view the tribute video presented at the 2012 Visionary Awards, please click here.
  • Internship Opportunities - Please see the intern descriptions and application for more information about internships with our Advocacy, Counseling, Education & Training and Development programs.
  • RVA's Executive Director, Sharmili Majmudar, was featured on an ABC 7 Chicago news reportabout the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. During the report which also featured one survivor's story, Sharmili shared: "I hope that this survey becomes a call to action...It's very clear that each of us can do something about this. Given how many people are affected, we can really make a difference."
  • With recent stories of child sexual abuse in the news, it can be hard to separate myths from facts. Here are a few resources for parents and guardians and for survivors of sexual abuse themselves. No matter when someone comes forward, there is always support available. RVA provides individual counseling and support groups for adult survivors of of child sexual abuse; we also provide medical and legal advocacy for children who have been sexually abused and we engage youth, parents and teachers in child abuse awareness and prevention education. Contact us at 312/443‐9603 for more information on our services.
  • RVA's Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report. Download a copy of our annual report to learn much more about our work and how compassionate supporters like you have helped in our fight to end sexual violence.


*Rape Victim Advocates serves on the Joint Management Team of The Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline, a program of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago-Loop Women's Services, along with the YWCA of Chicago-Harris Women's Services, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago's Quetzal Center, Pillars Community Services' Midway Sexual Assault Victim Services, and Mujeres Latinas en Accion."

** This is a national hotline available 24/7 that will connect a caller to the nearest rape crisis hotline or rape crisis center all over the US.