Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

I hope you're having a delightful summer and are finding time to spend with loved ones during this beautiful season. The days have been flying by. With September right around the corner, Evening of Impact will be here in just five weeks. This event is about more than just fundraising. It's a gathering with so many incredible members of our community that bring our work and mission to life. We hope you'll join us for a night of joyful celebrations, contagious energy, and comradery with other devoted Resilience supporters committed to empowering survivors and ending sexual violence. I sincerely hope to see you there!

You can learn more about some of our featured guests below, along with details about sponsorship and registration. Early bird pricing is available until September 1. Don't miss your chance to save and secure your seat: register today!

Resilience has a variety of events planned for this fall. We hope you'll learn more about them below and join us. Please take care and enjoy the rest of your summer!

With gratitude,

Erin Walton
Executive Director


Meet Alexa Diego, MA, LPC, NCC

It is important now more than ever to embrace and celebrate what connects us: our resilience. This month, we're shining a spotlight on Meet Alexa Diego, MA, LPC, NCC, Resilience Trauma Intervention Specialist and member of Resilience's Spanish Speaking Committee. Read our interview to hear from Alexa about Trauma Therapy and how we can support the Spanish speaking community at Resilience. Click the button below to read our interview with Alexa.


Register today for Evening of Impact 2022!

Join us on September 22 at Galleria Marchetti for an unforgettable night of celebrating and supporting survivors! Special early bird pricing is available until September 1. You can learn more about sponsorship here, and purchase tickets and sponsorship by clicking the button below. We hope to see you there!

Brenda Tracy (left), Visionary Award Recipient, and Leila Rahimi (right), Featured Guest, sports host/anchor, and reporter at NBC 5

You won't want to miss the chance to hear from Brenda Tracy and Leila Rahimi. Brenda Tracy is a survivor, activist, advocate, lobbyist, nurse, mother, and founder of Set The Expectation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending sexual and interpersonal violence. Leila Rahimi is a sports host/anchor and reporter at NBC 5. In addition to anchoring and reporting sports on television, she is the co-host of “Bernstein and Rahimi,” 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on 670-AM, “The Score.”

For more information about the event, please contact Amy O’Keeffe, Director of Development at To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Miranda Ehmke, Development Manager at


Join the Associate Board for a Chicago Red Stars game!

September 17, 7:00 p.m.

SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL 60455

Enjoy an evening of soccer when the Chicago Red Stars take on Houston Dash on Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Resilience when you purchase tickets by clicking the button below. Select "Resilience Non-Profit Outing." Take advantage of this exclusive offer and get your tickets today!


Join our community of Volunteer Medical Advocates!

Resilience is searching for our next training class of volunteer medical advocates. The deadline to apply for our Fall 2022 volunteer training is October 6. A virtual orientation session (by invitation only) will be held in October, and the virtual training will take place from November 1 through December 6. To learn more about our volunteer program, click here

Interested in becoming a volunteer medical advocate later instead? Join us for another training. We host them four times throughout the year. Reach out to us at with questions!

Monthly Processing Group – Virtual

Second Tuesday each month beginning September 13, 6:30 8:00 p.m. 

This free monthly support group is open to any survivor of sexual violence. Topics will be based on current news but the group will also be an open space for survivors to discuss whatever currently stresses them. This group is open to all persons 16 and older.

Please contact Erica Hungerford, LCP, at to request to join the group or with any questions.


Intimacy After Assault Support Group – Virtual

Wednesdays, September 14 – November 16, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. via Google Meet

This virtual support and psychoeducational group will focus on helping participants become more comfortable with sexual intimacy after assault. Additional skills include: self-compassion, communication with partners, boundaries, and more. This group is open to women, transwomen, and nonbinary people ages 18+ who have experienced sexual violence.

Please contact Erica Hungerford, LCP, at to request to join the group or with any questions.


Visual Journaling Workshop – Virtual

Thursday, September 15, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet 

Join this two-hour workshop to explore visual journaling in a group. The workshop will include inspiration examples, demonstrations, and open work time. Participants will use a journal of their choice and other common items and materials that can be gathered on their own such as paper, magazines for collage, pens, markers, and more. 

Visual journaling is a reflective process that involves exploring concepts, ideas, and thoughts with art and images in order to understand and create personal meaning. Connect with other survivors of sexual violence while using narrative writing and art expression as a coping strategy. Learn how you can develop this visual process on your own to continue developing a contemplative practice for yourself.

This workshop is open to adult survivors 18+, who are Illinois residents, all genders are welcome. Appropriate participants may be anyone who has experienced sexual violence, including harassment, abuse, or assault. No previous artmaking experience is necessary.

Interested participants may contact Annalise Castro, MAATC at to receive the meeting link. 


Partners of Sexual Assault Survivors Workshop  – Virtual

Monday, September 19, 6:00 8:00 p.m.

This two-hour virtual workshop is for partners of people who have experienced sexual violence. This workshop will give guidance on ways to support your partner, how to better respond to your partner's needs, work through intimacy concerns, and process feelings. Participants of all genders ages 18+ are welcome!

Please contact Erica Hungerford, LCP, at to request to join the workshop or with any questions.


Confidential Advisor 40-hour Training – Virtual

September 26, 27, and 29; October 3, 4, and 6

The Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act requires each institution of higher learning have a 40-hour-trained confidential advisor available to students. This Resilience training will examine sexual assault’s impact on survivors and their loved ones. Attendees will leave the training with legal and medical options for students in a trauma-informed context.

Trainees will gain basic crisis intervention skills, explore the neurobiology of trauma, and learn how to respond to disclosures. They will also learn about the legal and medical remedies available to survivors and explore how sexual violence impacts groups of survivors experiencing multiple forms of oppression. Trainees will also learn in-depth state and federal laws that outline procedures and responsibilities of higher education institutions and their employees. This training will conclude with an emphasis on vicarious trauma and self-care, and it will empower trainees with resources they may share with their communities. Resilience trainers have tailored this training for higher education professionals and those fulfilling the role of confidential advisor.

Contact Maggie Arthur, Director of Education and Training at or 872-356-8215 with any questions.


Crochet and Mindfulness Workshop  – Virtual

Monday, October 17, 6:00 8:00 p.m.

A free two-hour virtual workshop teaching entry-level crochet skills and mindfulness techniques for survivors of sexual violence. No disclosures about experiences are required; however, group participants are welcome to discuss if they wish to.

Materials needed: one crochet hook, size 5mm or 5.5mm, and one ball of yarn, medium weight (size 4). Free materials are available for those in need. Interested participants needing free materials should contact us at least 5 days in advance of the event.

Please contact the group leader Erica Hungerford, LPC, at to request to participate and inquire about materials.


Join the Waitlist for the Queer Survivors Support Group

Interested in joining a future Queer Survivors Group? This support group is for all queer persons ages 18+ who have experienced sexual violence, and it will address participant-requested topics with a focus on empowerment. Learn more here, and click the button below to be added to the waitlist for this group.


Work with Us! Resilience is Hiring

Resilience is looking for new talent to join our ranks in support of survivors of sexual violence. The following positions are currently open:

To learn more about careers at Resilience, click here. Know someone who might be a good fit? Send them this email!


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