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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Volunteer Training Schedule 2015

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


Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is spreading the word about Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Help us accomplish this by joining our Thunderclap! What’s Thunderclap? It’s a tool for creating a collective impact for a great cause, utilizing social media. Click the link below which will direct you to Thunderclap’s website, then, using your Facebook or Twitter account, join our thunderclap, and a post/tweet with our special SAAM message will be automatically posted to your account on Monday, April 6th. This message will invite your Facebook friends or followers to wear teal, take a selfie, and upload it to Facebook or Twitter in honor of SAAM’s Day of Action (April 7th). Don’t forget to use the hashtag, #SAAMChi! 


Saam the Consent Corgi wants you to join in!

Please check out www.facebook.com/rapevictimadvocates for details and updates on all of our SAAM events.

All of the RVA events listed below are free and open to the public. We hope you can join us for one or all of these SAAM events.

• Tuesday, April 7 

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month “Day of Action”
Post a picture of yourself wearing teal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SAAMChi to take a stand against sexual violence! Pictures will be shared on RVA's Facebook and Twitter pages.

• Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Men in the Movement                                  
RVA: 180 N. Michigan, Ste 600 

VA’s counseling team is collaborating with Men in the Movement to facilitate a conversation with male-identified individuals who want to support their intimate partner or friend who is a survivor of sexual violence. Please contact Steve at prevention@rapevictimadvocates.org with any questions. RVA downtown location. 

• Thursday, April 9, 12-4 pm                                      
Standing Silent Witness T-Shirt Making               
RVA: RVA Northside Office, 1945 W. Wilson, Ste 6114

Create t-shirts with anti-rape and anti-violence messages for Standing Silent Witness. Share your personal story using art. All t-shirts and art supplies will be provided. Please contact Beth at northcounselor@rapevictimadvocates.org if you have any questions. RVA Northside location.

• Saturday, April 11, 10-1 pm                        
Recognizing Signs of Abuse              
District 15 Police Station: 5701 W. Madison

Stop by District 15 to receive free kids ID cards and learn ways to identify potential signs of abuse. Refreshments provided. Please contact Clariza at austin@rapevictimadvocates.org for more information.

• Thursday, April 16, 7:00 – 10:00 pm                       
Breaking the Silence                                   
La Catrina Café: 1011 W. 18th St 

Breaking the Silence is an event featuring local Chicago artists performing in protest of sexual violence. Participate in the open mic or join us by simply being present for a beautiful night of poetry and empowerment. La Catrina Café is located in Pilsen. Please contact Iliana at northeducator@rapevictimadvocate.org with questions.

• Friday, April 17, 12:00 – 4:00 pm                 
Standing Silent Witness-T-Shirt Making       
RVA: RVA Central Office, 180 N. Michigan, Ste 600 

Create t-shirts with anti-rape and anti-violence messages for Standing Silent Witness. Share your personal story using art. All t-shirts and art supplies will be provided. Please contact Megan at educator@rapevictimadvocates.org if you have any questions. RVA downtown location.

• Saturday, April 18, 12:00 – 4:00 pm                        
Standing Silent Witness-T-Shirt Making    
RVA: RVA Austin Office, 4909 W. Division, Ste 511
Create t-shirts with anti-rape and anti-violence messages for Standing Silent Witness. Share your personal story using art. All t-shirts and art supplies will be provided. Please contact Clariza at austin@rapevictimadvocates.org if you have any questions. RVA Austin location.

• Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm                     
Consent Under the Influence           
University Center: 525 S. State, 2nd floor

In partnership with the 1st District of Chicago Police Department and local universities, join RVA for a discussion on the ethics and legalities of consent to sexual activity under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please contact Sarah at advocacy@rapevictimadvocates.org if you have any questions. 

• Friday, April 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm          
Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Adams (NEW LOCATION for 2015)

Standing Silent Witness is RVA’s signature event for SAAM!  In a visual demonstration of the silencing of survivors of sexual violence, participants gather silently for one hour wearing t-shirts that bear stories and messages protesting rape.  Join us at RVA’s Central Office at 11 AM to prepare for the event and/or after the event for a celebratory lunch. For more information, contact Megan at educator@rapevictimadvocates.org.

• Thursday, April 30, 6:30-10:30 pm                   
Volunteer Guest Bartending                                 
Matilda: 3101 N. Sheffield      

RVA's volunteer committee will be bar-tending at Matilda on 3101 N. Sheffield and raising awareness on sexual violence. Signature teal drinks will be served to represent Rape Victim Advocates and $1 of each signature purchase will go to RVA. Specials: $4 Revolution drafts and $6 appetizers (10% returned to RVA). 20% of all other purchases will go to RVA. Bring your friends, family, etc. Come out and drink for a good cause! Contact Maria at volunteer@rapevictimadvocates.org for more information.

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Counseling Groups Ongoing
RVA's counseling services are free and confidential. Survivors are eligible to receive our services immediately following or years after experiencing sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, or incest. Support groups for survivors are held several times a year at the Central office (located downtown), at our Northside Office and at our Austin Community Office. Please contact our Director of Counseling at 
312.443.9603 x30 to receive information about our upcoming groups. Or email us at dircounseling@rapevictimadvocates.org.

Upcoming Volunteer Training
Volunteers are invaluable to our commitment to provide services for victims of sexual assault. Our volunteers serve as Sexual Assault Medical Advocates, which means they provide crisis counseling, medical and legal advocacy to survivors who come in to one of our 14 partner hospitals and/or they act as Education and Training volunteers. We require our volunteer medical advocates to be on call for two 12-hour shifts per month for a minimum of one year (after completion of the training).

All prospective volunteers must attend the volunteer training to become Rape Crisis Counselors, in accordance with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. You MUST attend one orientation session before beginning our training.  The orientation includes: an introduction to sexual assault issues, overview of RVA programs and opportunities, volunteer job descriptions, volunteer training guidelines/expectations, and the application process. A personal interview with one of our experienced trainers will follow the orientation.
To apply to become a volunteer, go to http://tinyurl.com/volunteeratrva.  For more information on volunteering, please contact us at volunteer@rapevictimadvocates.org.



*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.