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2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

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

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)!  In honor of SAAM, RVA has several events scheduled throughout April, culminating in our signature demonstration, Standing Silent Witness.  Click here for a full calendar of events, and join us in standing against sexual violence!

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ake a direct gift today and support RVA's services for survivors of sexual violence!

During this past fiscal year, we served over 1,700 survivors across Chicago – a 20% increase over the previous year – survivors who needed someone to listen, to advocate, to support.
Your partnership and generosity will make a positive difference in so many lives.

Thank you for your support!

  • 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.

  • We are so grateful to the almost 300 guests who joined us at Soirée in the City, RVA's annual benefit in support of our crisis, advocacy, counseling and education services! Chaired by Courtney Revis, partner at Revis and Ward, LLC and Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO of Lifeway Foods, the equally joyous and inspiring event featured a program emceed by Chicago Sun-Times Splash Editor Susanna Negovan who presented the Dr. Natalie Stephens Visionary Award to Life Span, Shauna Prewitt, and the Sexual Assault Justice Project at CAASE. Guests also enjoyed food catered by Phil Stefani Signature Events, drinks donated by Lunetta, 901 and Van Gogh Vodka and a fabulous silent auction. To see photos from the Soirée, visit our Facebook page

We are especially grateful to the event’s lead sponsors: BMO Harris, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Skadden.

We raised over $88,000 in support of our work, more than we have at any annual fundraiser, and are truly appreciative of all of our sponsors and everyone who attended and contributed to this record-breaking celebration – a special shout-out to our wonderful and hard-working Soirée Planning Committee!   

Thanks to your support, RVA can continue to support survivors today, and work to end rape tomorrow.                          -

For future sponsorship opportunities and other info, contact us at development@rapevictimadvocates.org or 312/443-9603 

  • 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 report about 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. 


*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.