I will forever be grateful to this amazing organization, and will work my whole life to pay forward what RVA gave to me.” – Grace DeSant, RVA client
Help RVA achieve our mission and stand with survivors like Grace.
Dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors, RVA is the only independent full-service rape crisis center in Chicago that is singularly focused on sexual violence.
Programs & Services
Regardless of when and where a survivor’s journey begins—in the ER just after an assault or through a phone call for help to make sense of something that happened 20 years ago—RVA is here every step of the way.
Need Immediate Help?
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080
RAINN Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
Help us help others. We work around the clock to support survivors in their time of need. Your financial support helps us do even more when it is needed the most.
Come together with other advocates and survivors working to end sexual violence. From Galas to demonstrations, show your support by attending an RVA event.
Myths & Facts
Did you know that a great deal of harm is done, often unintentionally, to survivors because the people around them believe the myths that surround rape and sexual violence?
Professional Training Resources
Research shows providers’ responses can be critical in shaping the course of healing for survivors. RVA provides resources and tools to professionals to improve the care of sexual assault survivors.
Rape Victim Advocates Mission
RVA is an Illinois not-for-profit organization made up of many individuals with two primary goals: to assure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion; and to affect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.