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2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events



Upcoming Events : Chicago, Illinois, Rape Victim Advocates...helping victims become survivors since 1974
Upcoming Events
Soirée in the City:  Presenting the 2013 Dr. Natalie Stephens Visionary Awards

Join us for our annual celebration featuring delectable cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, a fabulous silent auction and unforgettable inspiration. All proceeds benefit Rape Victim Advocates.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
6:30-9:30 pm
Salvage One
1840 W. Hubbard Street

Tickets available now at http://rva.ticketleap.com/2013

For sponsorship opportunities and other info, contact Linda at development@rapevictimadvo
cates.org or 312/443-9603

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 12 contracted ERs 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.
 
The next volunteer training will begin April 29, 2013; the application deadline is April 12, 2013. To apply, go to http://tinyurl.com/volunteeratrva.  For more information on volunteering, please contact us at volunteer@rapevictimadvocates.org.
 
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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.


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.