Breaking the Silence with Technology 9/26

A public conversation with key stakeholders about reporting campus sexual assault and the emergence of mobile apps and technology designed to increase reporting. Featuring opening remarks by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and a guided demonstration of one...

Our Music, My Body 9/17

#OurMusicMyBody: Safety, Sexism, & Harassment in the Music Scene Saturday 9/17 3:00-4:30 PM; Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago Sexual harassment in the music scene has been widely ignored for much too long. As partners, Between Friends and RVA have come...

Couples Support Group, 10/3 – 11/28

The couples support group will be exploring issues couples face. Participation is open to all couples of all genders. 18+ Mondays October 3rd – November 28th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 180 N Michigan Ave., Suite 600 Contact Reneé at 312-443-9603 x31 or Brittany at...

Making Matters Open Studio Night 9/20

Making Matters is a space for self-guided art making among individuals affected by sexual violence. Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community...

RVA Receives Grant from Jean Cozier

Rape Victim Advocates is honored to announce a generous grant from Jean Cozier to expand our Counseling and Communications staffing! Jean Cozier is a longtime Rape Victim Advocates supporter who has an extensive history within the anti-rape movement. She is the...

Art Therapy Group 8/16-11/2

Explore new pathways to healing through written and visual artistic expression.  This group is structured around reading and responding to poetry about and by survivors of sexual violence.  Responses will take the form of art making and discussion.  Open to adult...

RVA ED interviewed on Stanford rape case

RVA weighs in on the Stanford rape case on WGN Radio and FOX 32 Chicago http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/national/155844234-story http://wgnradio.com/2016/06/07/this-is-an-egregious-miscarriage-of-justice-sharmili-majmudar-reacts-to-brock-turner-sentencing/...

RVA Director of E&T interviewed on Vocalo

RVA’s Director of Education & Training joined Vocalo’s Morning Amp program as part of the weekly Council of Feminist Thought to discuss the different ways the entertainment industry has handled the cases and allegations against Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and...

Soirée in the City, 6/9/16

Our annual fundraiser, Soirée in the City, will be on Thursday June 9, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the beautiful Morgan Manufacturing venue in Chicago’s West Loop, 401 N. Morgan Street. 300 urban professionals will gather in support of Rape Victim Advocates....

Speak Your Truth, 6/21/16

We invite all survivors of sexual violence who want to learn about sharing your stories of survival to enact cultural change or further your own healing. Spoken, written, and artistic testimonies and the emotional impact of speaking out will be explored. Speak Your...

Trauma in the Spotlight, 6/11-12

This two-day series aims to open a conversation amongst theatre makers about the physical, emotional and community impact of sexual trauma and survivorship. Featuring local experts in this intersection of theatre and trauma, we will investigate how performing artists...

Confidential Advisor Training 7/11-7/21

The Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act recently passed in Illinois, detailing a number of expectations of higher education institutions in Illinois regarding various aspects of the sexual violence response on campus. Among the many provisions is a...

Vulv-Art Workshop, 5/10/16

Female genitalia have an extensive history of being stigmatized, shamed, and left out of medical textbooks.  Our feelings about what’s between our legs are shaped by a culture that tells us penises are powerful and vaginas are dirty.  Let’s make art to...

Panel Discussion: Responding to Sexual Assault 4/28/16

PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING: Rape Victim Advocates The Chicago Police Department Swedish Covenant Hospital Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office This informative event will foster dialogue and discussion about sexual violence in our community. Parking vouchers will be...

ICJIA releases new data on sexual violence in Illinois

InfoNet is a web-based data collection and reporting system used by rape crisis centers across Illinois. Developed by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority in collaboration with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) and other agencies,...

College Support Group 4/1/16

RVA will host a psycho-educational group for female-identified college students who have been impacted by sexual assault or abuse. Students will be able to connect with other students to understand the aftermath of sexual...

Breaking the Silence 4/21/16

Join Rape Victim Advocates at Uncommon Ground for Breaking the Silence, an open mic night featuring poets and artists who have survived sexual assault and are now speaking...

Standing Silent Witness 4/29/16

Join us to stand silently for one hour at Federal Plaza. Participants will wear t-shirts bearing the stories of sexual assault survivors in order to “break the silence” about sexual...

RVA is hiring!

Rape Victim Advocates is hiring for several staff positions.  Click here to view all open listings.    

Wandering Uterus Workshop, 3/8/16

Come to explore the political implications of the war on reproductive rights of women and examine how this intersects with rape culture.  Engage in art making to create a symbolic uterus as a way to nurture a part of the collective body that needs to heal.  All are...

Spring Support Group, 2/18 – 5/5/16

This group is for female identified survivors who are dealing with the impact of sexual assault in their lives. This will be a safe, supportive space where survivors can help one another, share ideas, and get new information.  The group will be survivor centered and...

RVA partners present The Vagina Monologues

The award-winning play The Vagina Monologues is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one...

Art Therapy Group 2/10 – 5/4/2016

Sometimes words are not enough to express the emotions that come with a traumatic experience; that’s where art therapy comes in.  We will chat, share snacks, color, collage, and explore topics important to you. No artistic experience or expertise required, just...

RVA SoulCycle Cardio Party was a huge success!

On Sunday, November 22nd, celebrated author Liz Crokin hosted an event at SoulCycle Old Town to benefit Rape Victim Advocates. Over 30 guests cycled in a candle-lit room while listening to motivating music. The energetic SoulCycle instructor had even the triathletes...

New Workshops for Survivors Start 12/2

These workshops are an opportunity for survivors of sexual violence to work on tough issues in a group setting with other survivors, without committing to attend an ongoing support group. Workshops offered: Assertive Communication 12/2 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Loving...