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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.    

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...
The Scars Unseen: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night

The Scars Unseen: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month RVA and The Butterfly Poetry Project are organizing a night dedicated to raising our voices about an oft silenced issue of intimate partner violence. We will have featured performers and an open mic component. Join us at...