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: Chicago, Illinois, Rape Victim Advocates...helping victims become survivors since 1974


With 2015 only a few days away, we at Rape Victim Advocates reflect on our accomplishments this year. These achievements would not have been possible without the help of our loyal and committed donors. Perhaps you’ve made a gift in the past. Or maybe you’ve made a gift to RVA this year. We acknowledge those who have impacted our ability to continue to provide services to sexual assault survivors, like Kelsey, who bravely tell their stories. With the help of our supporters, we provided crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy and counseling services at no charge to those who need us the most – survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.

Last year, over 1,800 survivors and their loved ones received one or more services from Rape Victim Advocates. Over 1,200 individuals obtained information and referrals. One gift from you affects so many.

We hope that you will support Rape Victim Advocates in 2014 if you have not already made your year-end gift. Your tax-deductible contribution makes a difference to survivors like Kelsey.  Through your donation, we will continue to serve Kelsey and other survivors of sexual violence as they begin their healing journey to rebuild their lives.

We will always ensure that no survivor is ever alone.

Thank you with sincerest gratitude and our best for a peaceful 2015. 

Warm wishes,

Sharmili Majmudar

Executive Director


You can make an online gift or send a check to Rape Victim Advocates at 180 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 600, Chicago 60601. Our website also provides a monthly giving option.  



This Holiday Season, support RVA while you shop!  When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to Rape Victim Advocates to support RVA's services for survivors of sexual violence.

Thank you for your support!



Thanks 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:


Weren’t able to attend but still want to support RVA? Click here to make a secure online donation to RVA via GiveDirect!


  • 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 volunteer@rapevictimadvocates.org.
  • 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.
  • Internship Opportunities - Please see the intern descriptions and application for more information about internships with our Advocacy, Counseling, Education & Training and Development programs.
  • 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 sexual violence.


CHICAGO RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE* 1-888-293-2080    RAINN HOTLINE** 1-800-656-HOPE

*Rape Victim Advocates serves on the Joint Management Team of The Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline, a program of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago-Loop Women's Services, along with the YWCA of Chicago-Harris Women's Services, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago's Quetzal Center, Pillars Community Services' Midway Sexual Assault Victim Services, and Mujeres Latinas en Accion."

** This is a national hotline available 24/7 that will connect a caller to the nearest rape crisis hotline or rape crisis center all over the US.