Sexual Assault Multi-Disciplinary Team Advocate
Grissel Blackmon is the bilingual Sexual Assault Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Advocate, located part time at RVA’s Michigan Avenue office and part time at the Chicago Police Departments Area North detective division. In this role she provides onsite support of survivors seeking accountability through the criminal justice process. She works closely with detectives to ensure that they are kept apprised of their cases status as well as linked to important systems such as counseling or protective orders. She graduated from Dominican University with double major in Clinical Psychology and the Study of Women and Gender. Grissel developed her passion for advocating and delivering empowerment through her second major, the Study of Women and Gender, as a feminist. Previously, Grissel has worked in many areas of youth development and child care. Grissel is able to deliver services in both English and Spanish and has undergone training in sexual assault crisis intervention and support within the criminal and civil justice system.