RVA News and Events
Join RVA’s Men in the Movement group for three special sessions in summer 2016! Continue reading “Men in the Movement Summer Series” »
Rape Victim Advocates is honored to announce a generous grant from Jean Cozier to expand our Counseling and Communications staffing! Continue reading “RVA Receives Grant from Jean Cozier” »
Explore new pathways to healing through written and visual artistic expression. Continue reading “Art Therapy Group 8/16-11/2” »
RVA weighs in on the Stanford rape case on WGN Radio and FOX 32 Chicago Continue reading “RVA ED interviewed on Stanford rape case” »
RVA’s Director of Education & Training joined Vocalo’s Morning Amp program as part of the weekly Council of Feminist Thought to discuss the different ways the entertainment industry has handled the cases and allegations against Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and more recently Johnny Depp!
Our annual fundraiser, Soirée in the City, will be on Thursday June 9, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the beautiful Morgan Manufacturing venue in Chicago’s West Loop, 401 N. Morgan Street. Continue reading “Soirée in the City, 6/9/16” »
We invite all survivors of sexual violence who want to learn about sharing your stories of survival to enact cultural change or further your own healing.
Spoken, written, and artistic testimonies and the emotional impact of speaking out will be explored. Continue reading “Speak Your Truth, 6/21/16” »
This two-day series aims to open a conversation amongst theatre makers about the physical, emotional and community impact of sexual trauma and survivorship. Featuring local experts in this intersection of theatre and trauma, we will investigate how performing artists explore sexual violence in their work. Continue reading “Trauma in the Spotlight, 6/11-12” »
The Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act recently passed in Illinois, detailing a number of expectations of higher education institutions in Illinois regarding various aspects of the sexual violence response on campus. Among the many provisions is a requirement that each institution identify one or more “Confidential Advisors” and that the identified Confidential Advisor receive 40 hours of specialized training, with the deadline for compliance being August 1, 2016. Registration is now open Continue reading “Confidential Advisor Training 7/11-7/21” »
The Chicago Tribune covers RVA’s Education & Training Program work with Chicago Agricultural Sciences HS students about college sexual assault as part of a Chicago Says No More initiative. Continue reading “Talking about college sexual assault with high school students” »
RVA Executive Director Sharmili Majmudar was interviewed on WBEZ’s Morning Shift. Continue reading “RVA ED interviewed by WBEZ on Adult Survivors of Child Sex Abuse” »
Female genitalia have an extensive history of being stigmatized, shamed, and left out of medical textbooks. Our feelings about what’s between our legs are shaped by a culture that tells us penises are powerful and vaginas are dirty. Let’s make art to honor the true beauty and power of our vaginas and vulvas. Continue reading “Vulv-Art Workshop, 5/10/16” »
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS TO HELP IMPROVE POLICE RESPONSE
PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:
Rape Victim Advocates
The Chicago Police Department
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Continue reading “Panel Discussion: Responding to Sexual Assault 4/28/16” »
InfoNet is a web-based data collection and reporting system used by rape crisis centers across Illinois. Developed by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority in collaboration with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) and other agencies, InfoNet is used by ICASA’s network of 33 rape crisis centers. The system tracks victim characteristics and services provided using unique identifiers and offers data to inform local and statewide policy and planning.