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Reiki Clinic 3/14

RVA is pleased to hold our first Reiki Clinic of 2018! This clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. When: Wednesday, March 14 from 5 – 8:30 pm Where: The Breathing Room, 1431 W 51st Street...

Weather Closure

Please note that all RVA offices will be closed on Friday, February 9 due to inclement weather. 24-hour crisis support to our partner hospitals will continue to be provided during this time. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago Rape...

Reiki & Sexual Trauma Group 3/19

Join other adult survivors of sexual assault or sexual abuse to learn how Reiki can support your trauma healing journey. Participants will become attuned to/trained in Reiki Level I in order to provide themselves Reiki inside and outside of group. Participants will...

Queer Survivors Group 3/6

This group is open to all survivors in the gender spectrum and all sexual orientations in the LGBTQ+ community. Topics will be chosen by the group and may include queer survivorship, safety, support in the community, and healing after trauma. When: March 6 – May 15...

RVA to Honor “Me Too” Founder at Annual Fundraising Event

More than 300 local leaders, philanthropists, and activists will raise awareness and funds to support survivors and work to prevent sexual violence.  RVA's Evening of Impact (formerly known as Soiree in the City) will be returning to Morgan Manufacturing on May 24th,...

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...

Women who inspired us in 2017

Excerpt: The Chicago Tribune asked women activists, organizers and politicians two questions: What moved or shaped you the most this year? and What's next for women in 2018? Read the full article...

Making Matters 1/16

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...

Holiday Closure

Please note that all RVA offices will be closed December 22nd through January 1st. 24-hour crisis support to our partner hospitals will continue to be provided during this time. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline...

Art Therapy Support Group 1/23-3/13

Explore new pathways to healing through your own creative process. This group is structured around engaging in art making as a way to explore, understand, connect with, and take control of your healing process after sexual trauma. When: January 23rd – March 13th...

RVA Joined FOX 32 Chicago

Sarah Layden, Director of Programs and Public Policy at RVA, joined FOX 32 Chicago to talk about defining harassment in the workplace. Watch the full segment at...

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...

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 –...