: Chicago, Illinois, Rape Victim Advocates...helping victims become survivors since 1974
- Internship Opportunities - Please see the intern descriptions and application for more information about internships with our Advocacy, Counseling, Education & Training and Development programs.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- 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
Thank you 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: