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SB 407: Step Forward for IL

SB 407 requires the adoption of a sexual harassment policy for state employees, including legislators and lobbyists, to undergo sexual harassment training. On November 7th, 2017, this bill was approved and sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. Sexual...

40-Hour Confidential Advisor Training 7/10

We can help you ensure your confidential advisor(s) is appropriately trained. To assist area higher education institutions in ensuring compliance with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) will be offering a 40-hour...

RVA Interviewed by the Chicago Tribune

Excerpt: Beth Enterkin, a trauma therapist and clinical training specialist at Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago, offers her expertise on ways untrained listeners can best support someone who chooses to share a sexual trauma story.  Read the full article...

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday

We're counting down the days until #GivingTuesday on November 28th. This is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #ILGive is a corresponding campaign to engage Illinoisans in not only participating, but giving to organizations in the...

Celebrating our DVAM S/Heroes

To celebrate the work our domestic violence community partners do every day, and especially throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we’re hosting a self-care night for them! It’ll be an evening of drinking, snacking, and relaxing at self-care stations –...

Making Matters 11/21

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...

Men in the Movement: Fall Series

Men in the Movement (MITM) is an open discussion series that focuses on men’s responsibility in the anti-rape movement.  Our discussions are focused on a variety of elements related to masculinity and styled in a casual and engaging format. The discussions create...

#MeToo

I said #MeToo this week, as did many of us. Watching Harvey Weinstein fall from his post of privilege has unleashed a roller coaster of emotions for all of us. Here at Rape Victim Advocates (RVA), we're glad another light is shining on the incredible courage of...

RVA Interviewed on CBS Chicago Segment #MeToo

Excerpt: The response from Hollywood stars to everyday people was, both, overwhelming and eye-opening to many. “My first thought was, how brave,” said Megan Blomquist, who works with victims through the Chicago organization Rape Victim Advocates. “When you see someone...

Our Commitment Needs No Interpretation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reversed a 2014 memo that interpreted the Civil Rights Act to protect transgender workers. The DOJ then issued a new memo arguing that Title VII, the civil rights statute that outlaws certain kinds of workplace discrimination,...

Director of Education & Training Interviewed on CBS Chicago

Excerpt: Harvey Weinstein was one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. But the fallout from Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal continues to grow. “The person that is doing the harassing is trying to control the victim in these situations, so there’s a lot of...

Austin Trauma Therapist Highlighted in Chicago Tribune

Our Austin Trauma Therapist, DeVona Alleyne, was highlighted in Chicago Tribune's Oak Leaves!  Excerpt: Q: What brings you out today? A: I'm part of a consent panel today at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church. I'm a trauma therapist at the Austin office of Rape...

Making Matters 10/17

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community building, and self-care through art making while empowering participants to be in control of their...