#SAAMChi

Join RVA for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2017. This April we’re holding numerous events throughout Chicago to break the silence and stand with survivors.

Open Letter Series

The Open Letter Series is RVA’s take on the National Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017 theme, “Engaging New Voices.” Three of the letters address communities that aren’t often as readily included in the anti-rape movement: fathers, faith communities, and fraternities. These letters are calls to action, and appeal to these communities with various ways to get involved in ending sexual violence. The fourth letter, addressed to survivors, is an expression of gratitude, love, and solidarity, and will round out both the series and the month of April.

  1. Using Power for Good: An Open Letter to Fraternities
  2. Embracing Fear and Vulnerability: An Open Letter to Fathers
  3. Nurturing Shame-Free Environments: An Open Letter to Faith Community Leaders
  4. The Only Way Out is Through: An Open Letter to Survivors

RVA @ Salonathon

4/3/17, 8:30pm

BEAUTY BAR
1444 W CHICAGO AVE
CHICAGO IL 60642

Trivia Night: Sex on TV

4/5/17, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Hosted by RVA’s amazing volunteer committee: A #SAAMChi trivia night fundraiser! Come see how knowledgeable you are about sex on TV.

FATPOUR
2005 W DIVISION ST
CHICAGO IL 60622

Breaking the Silence: Poetry Night

4/20/2017, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

An open mic night featuring poets and artists who are resisting rape culture and amplifying stories of survival.

OLD IRVING BREWING CO
4419 W MONTROSE AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60641

Reclaiming Intimacy after Sexual Assault

4/25/17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

This event is open to and inclusive of survivors of sexual violence and their sexual partners of all genders, sexual orientations and preferences. We will explore the impact of cultural constructs around sexuality, coping with triggers during sex and communication with sexual partners about your needs and boundaries.

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUE OF CHICAGO (SAIC)
37 S WABASH AVE ROOM 1216
CHICAGO IL 60603

Standing Silent Witness

4/28/17, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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. T-shirts will be provided.

DALEY PLAZA
50 W WASHINGTON ST
CHICAGO IL 60602

T-Shirt Making Parties

4/12/17, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

RVA NORTHSIDE OFFICE
1945 W WILSON AVE SUITE 6114
CHICAGO IL 60640

4/14/17, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

RVA AUSTIN OFFICE
4909 W DIVISION ST SUITE 511
CHICAGO IL 60651

4/21/17, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

RVA CENTRAL OFFICE
180 N MICHIGAN AVE SUITE 610
CHICAGO IL 60601