2017 Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award Recipients

We are excited to announce Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino as the 2017 Dr. Natalie A. Stephens Visionary Award recipients! This award recognizes the work of far-sighted leaders who have made a powerful and lasting impact on the issue of sexual violence. Annie and...

Reiki Clinic 5/31

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our third Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Thank You for Supporting RVA

The NO MORE Challenge ended this week and RVA placed 4th out of the 120 organizations who participated – raising $65,397 and winning an additional $7,500 for a grand total of $72,897! Overall, this fundraising challenge raised nearly $650,000 for organizations...

Male Survivor Group 7/6-9/7

A 10-week psychoeducational group for male survivors of sexual assault/abuse. Cis and transgender men both welcome. When: July 6th  – September 7th Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Where: Rape Victim Advocates 180 N Michigan Ave Suite 600 Chicago IL 60601 For more...

RVA Welcomes New Executive Director

We are entering Sexual Assault Awareness Month with some very exciting news! Rape Victim Advocates is pleased to announce that our new Executive Director, Erin Walton, will be joining the RVA team on April 10th, 2017. “I am overjoyed to join the RVA team,”...

Platicando Con Tus Hijos 4/26

Estrategias Para Prevenir el Abuso Sexual de Menores. Organizador: Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) Defensores de Víctimas de Violación Facilitadores: Bianca Herrera y Jessica Salgado Evento: Taller de Educación de Prevención del Abuso Sexual de Niños Para Padres Que...

Making Matters 4/18

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

Art Therapy Group 6/7-8/30

Explore new pathways to healing through creative process. To schedule a group screening appointment contact Jordan Ferranto, MAAT at (312) 443-9603  ext. 29  or...

RVA Interviewed by CBS 2 Chicago

Interim Executive Director, Sarah Layden, spoke with CBS 2’s Jim Williams on the assault of a 15-year-old that was broadcast on Facebook Live. “I definitely think it speaks to people not taking these types of crimes seriously,” said Sarah. “That people would...

RVA Featured in Medill Reports Chicago

Central Counselor & Art Therapist, Jordan Ferranto, was interviewed by Medill Reports Chicago: “At Rape Victim Advocates, art therapy sessions can include crafting, painting, drawing, and poetry to work through the trauma of sexual assault. Last month, art...

International Women’s Strike 3/8

RVA will be participating in the International Women’s Strike on March 8th. As an organization, we stand for gender justice, economic justice, and racial justice. And every day, we fight to end violence against women – including Black women, Native women, poor women,...

NO MORE Challenge! 3/2 – 4/11

We’re excited to let you know that we’re a part of the NO MORE Challenge again this year! It’s a fundraising campaign launched by NO MORE and Verizon benefiting organizations focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. It starts March 2nd...

Postcard Writing Happy Hour at RVA 3/30

In the first 100 days of the new administration, we’re taking action by writing postcards to our congresspeople telling them what matters to us. We invite survivors, advocates, and allies to come write postcards together in a positive atmosphere. For this event,...

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Image & Trauma

All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop co-led by Poetry Foundation staff member Maggie Queeney & RVA Art Therapist Jordan Ferranto. In this session, we will explore image, the sensual description evoking the physical...

The UnMasc Project

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined Narrow Definitions of Masculinity as one of the 5 key norms that make Sexual and Domestic Violence more likely. It is also a major risk factor for individual perpetration of sexual assault...

Women’s March on Chicago

RVA will be participating as an organization in the Women’s March on Chicago this Saturday, January 21st. Our objective is to make ourselves seen and our voices heard by the new administration that women’s rights are human rights. We march to be seen… We march...

Inauguration Day Chat & Chew 1/20

We’re creating a safe place for anyone dealing with the impact of sexual assault in their lives to cope together during this potentially triggering event. It will be a very informal setting with chatting, snacks, and self-care items. You don’t have to go...

Art Therapy Group 1/18-4/5

For adult survivors of sexual violence. We will chat, share snacks, and use the creative process to explore topics important to you. No artistic experience or expertise required, just a desire to connect with other survivors and explore what your vision of healing...

Newsletter: December 2016

Upcoming changes & holiday greetings. Dear Readers, As a valued supporter of Rape Victim Advocates, we would like to share with you the upcoming changes happening within our team. After nearly 9 years as our Executive Director, Sharmili Majmudar will be resigning...

RVA Holiday Closing

Please note that all RVA offices will be closed December 23rd and will reopen January 3rd.However, 24 hour crisis support to our partner hospitals will continue to be provided during this time. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago...

Reiki Clinic 2/22

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our second Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Making Matters featured in Medill Reports Chicago

“We started this group as a way to build community and solidarity around the issues of sexual violence,” says organizer Jordan Ferranto. “A place to kind of unwind, relax, enjoy each other’s’ company, make some art, and just kind of be present with each other.” Read...

Newsletter: November 2016

Reflecting on November & moving forward. Dear Readers, This is a time of change and uncertainty. More survivors are speaking out than ever before, but they are still being blamed, and sometimes even shouted down. The voices of supporters – supporters like you –...

Reiki and Trauma

Reiki is a safe way to help balance one’s life force energy, achieve stress reduction, and help heal from...

A Letter from Coretta

Dear Friend of Rape Victim Advocates, I am a survivor of childhood molestation and rape. As a child I was molested for years by a trusted family member. As an adult a was raped by a boyfriend and his friend. For more than 20 years I could not discuss the personal...

Victims Needs Assessment

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is conducting a Victims Needs Assessment. If you are a victim of crime, ICJIA would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey, created to better understand your needs. Responses will be kept...

Policing Women’s Bodies in Performance 12/2

Rape Victim Advocates is hosting “Policing Women’s Bodies in Performance,” a panel on the current regulations that prohibit women’s full nudity at establishments where alcohol is being served. Is this a manifestation of rape culture that blames women for...

Home for the Holidays 12/5

Join us to learn tools for coping with the holidays, including simple self-care and breathing techniques. This event is open to survivors and their loved ones. Individuals of all gender identities are welcome. Wheelchair...

Making Matters 11/15

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between.Making Matters is an art based community gathering for survivors of sexual violence, loved ones, supporters and advocates alike. This month, we seek to create safe space for...

Newsletter: October 2016

See what’s happening at RVA this month. Dear Readers, With sexual violence dominating recent headlines, thousands of people are sharing their stories. Whether you are a survivor, a loved one, a trauma worker, or an ally, these headlines can be triggering and...

I Fight Against Sexism Because…

I fight against sexism because I want to be my complete self without conforming to rigid definitions of gender and masculinity. I fight against sexism because I want to be close friends with people all along the gender spectrum. I fight against sexism because I want...

Congrats to RVA volunteer Nikhil!

Please join us in applauding RVA volunteer, Nikhil Trivedi, for being a recipient of UN Women-Chicago Chapter’s inaugural Gender Equality Award – this award aims to recognize local men who embody the spirit of UN Women’s global HeForShe campaign. RVA nominated Nikhil...

RVA Counselor Featured in The Columbia Chronicle

Central Counselor & Art Therapist, Jordan Ferranto, was interviewed by The Columbia Chronicle about her work in art therapy with survivors. Read the article here. RVA’s next art therapy session, Making Matters, will be help on Tuesday, October 17th at The...

Reiki Clinic 11/16

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our first Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Audrie & Daisy Screening 10/26

Join us for an evening of conversation, connection, and empowerment as we come together to have a discussion about the real life experiences of these two girls and what we can do to ensure safe homes and communities for all people. This event is hosted by Between...