Rape Victim Advocates

Dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors, Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is the only independent full-service rape crisis center in Chicago that is singularly focused on sexual violence.

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Rape Victim Advocates

Standing With Survivors Since 1974

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Programs & Services

Regardless of when and where a survivor’s journey begins—in the ER just after an assault or through a phone call for help to make sense of something that happened 20 years ago—RVA is here every step of the way.

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Need Immediate Help?

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080
RAINN Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE

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Help us help others. We work around the clock to support survivors in their time of need. Your financial support helps us do even more when it is needed the most.

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Every year RVA provides free crisis intervention, advocacy, and counseling to hundreds of survivors and their significant others. Volunteers make it all possible.

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What you need to know


Come together with other advocates and survivors working to end sexual violence. From Galas to demonstrations, show your support by attending an RVA event.

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Myths & Facts

Did you know that a great deal of harm is done, often unintentionally, to survivors because the people around them believe the myths that surround rape and sexual violence?

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Professional Training Resources

Research shows providers’ responses can be critical in shaping the course of healing for survivors. RVA provides resources and tools to professionals to improve the care of sexual assault survivors.

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Rape Victim Advocates Mission

RVA is an Illinois not-for-profit organization made up of many individuals with two primary goals: to assure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion; and to affect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.

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