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...

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...

Neighborhood Community Peace Circle

In recognition of International Day of Peace, we’re partnering with Connected Chicago to hold a peace circle on Thursday, September 21st from 10:00-11:30am at our Austin Community Office.  This space is for members of the Austin neighborhood to meet one another,...

Making Matters 9/19

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...

Reiki Clinic 9/27

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our fourth Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Making Matters 8/15

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...

Fall 2017 Volunteer Training Info

The deadline for our fall volunteer training class is October 2nd. Orientation sessions are by invitation only and will be held October 9th, 10th, or 12th from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. Training dates are October 23rd through November 30th, every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday...

Pressing Pause: A Discussion about Music and Sexism 8/5

Join RVA on Saturday, August 5th from 2:00-3:30pm at the Maze Branch Library for an open discussion. This workshop for teens and adults will center around the messages we hear in music.             We’ll look at genres, lyrics, and videos...

Meeting in the Middle 7/29

Back by popular demand! Join RVA as we discuss emotional labor, assertive communication, and how to utilize these skills within relationships affected by trauma. This workshop will explore what emotional labor is, how to balance emotional labor, and how to communicate...

Making Matters 7/18

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: Summer Series

Join Men in the Movement for three amazing events this summer! 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...

Beyond “13 Reasons Why”: A Discussion 6/13

Did you watch “13 Reasons Why” and can’t stop thinking about it? Join Rape Victim Advocates and the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center to discuss the show with other teens and young people. Participants will process what it was like to watch the show, explore the...

Speak Your Truth 6/20

Even when your voice shakes. A workshop presented by the Survivor Engagement Committee. 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. Explore spoken, written...

Making Matters 6/13

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...

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...

Speak Out Summit

Join this virtual summit centered around sexual assault awareness, prevention and healing. This 5-day summit will feature expert coaches, advocates and spiritual leaders from across the country to educate you on how to have healthy conversations around sexual...

Book Signing at Women & Children First 5/31

Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino, co-authors of the book, We Believe You, will be at Women & Children First bookstore on Wednesday, May 31st starting at 7:00pm. Prior to the book signing will be a training session facilitated by Chicago’s Courage Campaign...

We Need You Now: Allyship with Sexual Assault Survivors 5/16

Join RVA as we participate in #OnTheTable2017 to discuss what we can do to better support sexual assault survivors in our community. How do we respond to victims? What do survivors need from us? What does prevention and fighting rape culture look like?   Spend an hour...

Making Matters 5/16

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...

Songs of Survival at The Awakenings Foundation 5/11

The Awakenings Foundation is proud to present their THIRD installment of Songs of Survival – an hour long program of multi-media performances by survivor artists at their gallery space in Ravenswood. Please join to witness, support and share the healing of survivors...

Reiki Clinic 5/31

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our third Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Platicando Con Tus Hijos 4/26

Estrategias Para Prevenir el Abuso Sexual de Menores. Organizador: Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) Defensores de Víctimas de Violación Facilitadores: Bianca Herrera y Jessica Salgado Evento: Taller de Educación de Prevención del Abuso Sexual de Niños Para Padres Que...

Making Matters 4/18

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...

#SAAMChi: Breaking the Silence 4/20

An open mic night featuring poets and artists who are resisting rape culture and amplifying stories of survival! The night will be emceed by Mojdeh Stoakley. Mojdeh is an award winning artist & educator. She’s performed in front of thousands, she’s...

#SAAMChi: Trivia Night 4/5

Hosted by RVA’s amazing volunteer committee: A #SAAMChi trivia night fundraiser! Come see how knowledgeable you are about sex on TV. When and where? April 5th at 7:00pm FATPOUR 2005 W DIVISION ST CHICAGO IL 60622 How to get tickets? Snag your trivia tickets by...

Postcard Writing Happy Hour at RVA 3/30

In the first 100 days of the new administration, we’re taking action by writing postcards to our congresspeople telling them what matters to us. We invite survivors, advocates, and allies to come write postcards together in a positive atmosphere. For this event,...

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Image & Trauma

All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop co-led by Poetry Foundation staff member Maggie Queeney & RVA Art Therapist Jordan Ferranto. In this session, we will explore image, the sensual description evoking the physical...

The UnMasc Project

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined Narrow Definitions of Masculinity as one of the 5 key norms that make Sexual and Domestic Violence more likely. It is also a major risk factor for individual perpetration of sexual assault...

Inauguration Day Chat & Chew 1/20

We’re creating a safe place for anyone dealing with the impact of sexual assault in their lives to cope together during this potentially triggering event. It will be a very informal setting with chatting, snacks, and self-care items. You don’t have to go...

Art Therapy Group 1/18-4/5

For adult survivors of sexual violence. We will chat, share snacks, and use the creative process to explore topics important to you. No artistic experience or expertise required, just a desire to connect with other survivors and explore what your vision of healing...

Reiki Clinic 2/22

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our second Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Policing Women’s Bodies in Performance 12/2

Rape Victim Advocates is hosting “Policing Women’s Bodies in Performance,” a panel on the current regulations that prohibit women’s full nudity at establishments where alcohol is being served. Is this a manifestation of rape culture that blames women for...

Home for the Holidays 12/5

Join us to learn tools for coping with the holidays, including simple self-care and breathing techniques. This event is open to survivors and their loved ones. Individuals of all gender identities are welcome. Wheelchair...

Making Matters 11/15

Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between.Making Matters is an art based community gathering for survivors of sexual violence, loved ones, supporters and advocates alike. This month, we seek to create safe space for...

Reiki Clinic 11/16

RVA, in partnership with The Awakenings Foundation, is pleased to hold our first Reiki Clinic. RVA’s Reiki Clinic is an open space where individuals can come for a free Reiki session from a trauma-informed Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing...

Audrie & Daisy Screening 10/26

Join us for an evening of conversation, connection, and empowerment as we come together to have a discussion about the real life experiences of these two girls and what we can do to ensure safe homes and communities for all people. This event is hosted by Between...

Breaking the Silence with Technology 9/26

A public conversation with key stakeholders about reporting campus sexual assault and the emergence of mobile apps and technology designed to increase reporting. Featuring opening remarks by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and a guided demonstration of one...

Our Music, My Body 9/17

#OurMusicMyBody: Safety, Sexism, & Harassment in the Music Scene Saturday 9/17 3:00-4:30 PM; Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago Sexual harassment in the music scene has been widely ignored for much too long. As partners, Between Friends and RVA have come...

Couples Support Group, 10/3 – 11/28

The couples support group will be exploring issues couples face. Participation is open to all couples of all genders. 18+ Mondays October 3rd – November 28th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 180 N Michigan Ave., Suite 600 Contact Reneé at 312-443-9603 x31 or Brittany at...

Making Matters Open Studio Night 9/20

Making Matters is a space for self-guided art making among individuals affected by sexual violence. Open to survivors, their loved ones, trauma workers/volunteers, allies and everyone in between. Making Matters welcomes self-exploration, healing, solidarity, community...

Art Therapy Group 8/16-11/2

Explore new pathways to healing through written and visual artistic expression.  This group is structured around reading and responding to poetry about and by survivors of sexual violence.  Responses will take the form of art making and discussion.  Open to adult...

Soirée in the City, 6/9/16

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. 300 urban professionals will gather in support of Rape Victim Advocates....

Speak Your Truth, 6/21/16

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. Speak Your...

Trauma in the Spotlight, 6/11-12

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...

Confidential Advisor Training 7/11-7/21

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...

Vulv-Art Workshop, 5/10/16

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...

Panel Discussion: Responding to Sexual Assault 4/28/16

PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING: Rape Victim Advocates The Chicago Police Department Swedish Covenant Hospital Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office This informative event will foster dialogue and discussion about sexual violence in our community. Parking vouchers will be...

College Support Group 4/1/16

RVA will host a psycho-educational group for female-identified college students who have been impacted by sexual assault or abuse. Students will be able to connect with other students to understand the aftermath of sexual...

Breaking the Silence 4/21/16

Join Rape Victim Advocates at Uncommon Ground for Breaking the Silence, an open mic night featuring poets and artists who have survived sexual assault and are now speaking...

Standing Silent Witness 4/29/16

Join us to stand silently for one hour at Federal Plaza. Participants will wear t-shirts bearing the stories of sexual assault survivors in order to “break the silence” about sexual...

Wandering Uterus Workshop, 3/8/16

Come to explore the political implications of the war on reproductive rights of women and examine how this intersects with rape culture.  Engage in art making to create a symbolic uterus as a way to nurture a part of the collective body that needs to heal.  All are...

RVA partners present The Vagina Monologues

The award-winning play The Vagina Monologues is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one...

Art Therapy Group 2/10 – 5/4/2016

Sometimes words are not enough to express the emotions that come with a traumatic experience; that’s where art therapy comes in.  We will chat, share snacks, color, collage, and explore topics important to you. No artistic experience or expertise required, just...

New Workshops for Survivors Start 12/2

These workshops are an opportunity for survivors of sexual violence to work on tough issues in a group setting with other survivors, without committing to attend an ongoing support group. Workshops offered: Assertive Communication 12/2 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Loving...
The Scars Unseen: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night

The Scars Unseen: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month RVA and The Butterfly Poetry Project are organizing a night dedicated to raising our voices about an oft silenced issue of intimate partner violence. We will have featured performers and an open mic component. Join us at...