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


I am a Champion.  ­– Kelsey Campolong, survivor and RVA client


Rape Victim Advocates doesn’t just believe survivors of sexual violence; we believe IN them.  We are proud to be celebrating 40 years of staying true to our mission, 40 years of serving thousands of survivors like Kelsey.

In the past fiscal year, we served over 1,800 survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, services that would not be possible without our loyal and committed donors. With your support, Rape Victim Advocates will continue to serve those who need us the most.

In 1974, Rape Victim Advocates began with ten volunteers, no office, and serving one hospital. Today we have over 150 committed volunteers, 18 dedicated staff members, four offices across the city and we partner with 14 hospitals. Our services grew from crisis intervention to a comprehensive range of services including individual and family counseling, medical and legal advocacy, support groups, prevention education and professional training. In 1974, RVA was a small group of self-taught volunteers. In 2014, we are part of the necessary local and national conversation about sexual violence - we’re hosting monthly Men in the Movement discussions to bring men into the work to end sexual violence, speaking to media about rape culture, and myth-busting in schools and universities. The one constant spanning 40 years: RVA’s commitment to ensuring that no survivor is ever alone.

We cannot deliver our vital services without your help. We know that the support and inspiration provided by thoughtful individuals like you is truly our strength. This year, we ask that you consider making a $100 gift to RVA - one counseling session – a healing opportunity for a survivor to be heard, believed and believed in. Your generous gift today will help us continue to offer hope to survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.

From all of us at RVA, thank you for supporting Kelsey and countless other survivors - survivors who are champions.

Warm wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a wonderful new year,


Sharmili Majmudar

Executive Director




This Holiday Season, support RVA while you shop!  When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to Rape Victim Advocates to support RVA's services for survivors of sexual violence.

Thank you for your support!



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.


CHICAGO RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE* 1-888-293-2080    RAINN HOTLINE** 1-800-656-HOPE

*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.