Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

As I spend my last week as Executive Director of Resilience this week, I am reflecting on all the incredible moments, events, and accomplishments I have had the honor of being part of during my time with Resilience, alongside so many dedicated members of this community. I’ve learned and witnessed more than I could have imagined these past six years. I will miss being in this leadership role, but rest assured I will continue to be a friend and ally and support Resilience and all the incredible work our staff and volunteers are doing on a daily basis for the movement at large. 

Our community of supporters and allies is the heart of Resilience and I know that you will all continue to bring success and growth to this organization and movement! The past year has been a unique and memorable one for Resilience. As we look back at all we have gone through and accomplished in 2022, I hope you too are remembering all the high points. I know 2023 will hold amazing things for us all. Until then, have a peaceful and warm holiday season!

Best wishes,

Erin Walton
Executive Director


Meet Gabrielle Molden-Carlwell, MSW LSW

We're proud to celebrate the people who connect our incredible community and bring us together in this work. This month, we're shining a spotlight on Gabrielle Molden-Carlwell, MSW LSW, Resilience Austin Trauma Therapist. Read our interview to hear from Gabrielle about resilience in the Austin neighborhood and how we can all support survivors. Click the button below to read our interview with Gabrielle.


Giving season isn’t over! Support survivors and Resilience today

"I'm grateful for the presence of your services, not just for myself, but for all who are impacted by sexual assault and trauma." -Resilience Trauma Therapy Client

By now you’ve heard that Resilience’s annual giving campaign is underway and we need your help. Our goal for this campaign is $50,000. Each and every dollar that is given will help us move one step closer to achieving this goal, and in turn, being able to help more survivors with our programming! Please consider making a gift to Resilience so that 2023 can be a year of help, healing, hope, and joy for those affected by sexual violence in our community. Learn more about our annual giving campaign and click the button below to make your gift today. 

Thank you for making a difference for survivors of sexual violence. Your generosity is deeply appreciated!


Watch our conversation with Congresswoman Bustos and Tanuja Gupta

Erin Walton was honored to host and participate in this very special conversation with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Tanuja Gupta, two women making a real difference for survivors of sexual violence and sexual harassment. Congresswoman Bustos was the chief sponsor of the bill to end forced arbitration for sexual assault and sexual harassment which was signed into law in March of this year. Congresswoman Bustos was also an original cosponsor of the Speak Out Act that just a few weeks ago passed both chambers of Congress. Tanuja was one of the lead organizers of the global Google Walkout in 2018 when thousands of Google workers walked off the job in response to the company’s poor handling of decades of sexual misconduct, and she helped form Googlers for Ending Forced Arbitration. These women spoke about Ending Forced Arbitration, The Speak Out Act, organizing, knowing your rights in the workplace regarding sexual harassment and violence, and more.

Click here to watch this conversation on YouTube.

For more information on the Congresswoman and Tanuja’s initiative, please click here. Thank you to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Tanuja Gupta for participating in this conversation!


Thank you, Inner Wave, for supporting Our Music My Body!

Inner Wave, an LA-based indie rock band has partnered with Our Music My Body, resulting in $10,000 raised for Our Music My Body (OMMB)! Inner Wave and OMMB connected ahead of Inner Wave's performance at Ruido Fest about a partnership for their upcoming tour. OMMB created a resource for Inner Wave to partner with local rape crisis and domestic violence agencies to table at each stop of their tour. Inner Wave and Plus One also collaborated with OMMB so that $1 from each ticket sold on Inner Wave's tour would be donated to OMMB. We send all our gratitude to Inner Wave and Plus One for supporting OMMB's work and helping us raise awareness about sexual harassment in the music scene. All music fans deserve safe, comfortable, and fun music experiences, and we are so appreciative of partners like these for supporting OMMB's vision and work! Thank you to Inner Wave for this generous donation!

Inner Wave bandmates


Make 2023 the year you become a Volunteer Medical Advocate!

Resilience is always looking for more Volunteer Medical Advocates to join our ranks. Applications for our spring training are open now. The deadline to apply is February 16.

Orientation Sessions (by invitation only): February 20, 21, or 23

Training Dates: March 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 29, 30; April 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 19

Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Medical Advocate later in the year? Join us for a future training. We host them four times throughout the year. Please reach out to us at with questions! To learn more about our volunteer program, click here

Fair Trade Fundraiser hosted by the Resilience Associate Board

Now until December 12

Shop the Associate Board's Fair Trade Fundraiser! Our Associate Board is hosting a special fair trade fundraising event now through December 12. FairTrade Caravans offers unique fair trade products made or grown with no child labor, providing fair pay, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices. You’ll find one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods from farmers and artisans from around the world including holiday décor, gifts, jewelry, accessories, home goods, chocolate, tea, coffee, and more! Resilience will receive 25% of product sales! Kickstart your holiday shopping while supporting Resilience's Associate Board. Shop here:


Monthly Processing Group – Virtual

Second Tuesday of each month, 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, LPC, NCC, at to request to join the group or with any questions.


Comfort Boxes Workshop – Virtual

Thursday, December 15, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. via Google Meet

Join this two-hour workshop to create comfort boxes in a group. The workshop will include inspiration examples, education on cope ahead skills (DBT), with open work time and the opportunity to gather objects. Required materials to participate are a box or container of any kind along with common items to adorn the box and materials that can be gathered independently such as paper, magazines for collages, pens, markers, and more.

Learn how to prepare to care for and comfort yourself while using art as 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 art expression as a coping strategy.

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.


Spilt Milk Associate Board Fundraiser

January 1 through 31, 2023

Spilt Milk (2758 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647)

Visit Spilt Milk, a great neighborhood tavern located in the heart of Logan Square, during January to support Resilience. All month long, a dollar from each frozen Irish Coffee will be donated to Resilience. Bring your friends and enjoy a drink for our cause this winter! We'll see you at Spilt Milk.


Partners of Sexual Assault Survivors Workshop – Virtual

Monday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. via Google Meet

Join us for a free two-hour workshop for partners of people who have experienced sexual violence, ages 18+, all genders welcome. Individuals, couples, or partner groups (survivors and non-survivors) are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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.

Contact Erica Hungerford, LPC, at to request to join the workshop or with any questions.


Monthly Crochet & Craft Group – Virtual

First Thursday of each month, 3:30 – 5:00 pm via Google Meet starting Thursday, February 2, 2023

A monthly craft group focused on teaching crochet stitches and helping troubleshoot crochet issues.  This group is also open to any crafter (knitting, sewing, painting, coloring, etc.) who would like to craft in a safe community space.

This virtual group is open to all survivors of sexual violence ages 18+ who reside in Illinois.

To register, please contact Erica Hungerford, LPC, at


Save the date! You're invited to The Associate Board's Cocktails For A Cause

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club - Montrose Harbor (601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL)

Drink, eat, and dance the night away all for a good cause! Tickets will include appetizers, a live DJ, drinks, and much more! Bring your friends and colleagues, and enjoy a night on the harbor while looking out at Chicago's beautiful skyline. This event's dress code is cocktail attire. More details to come.

Registration will open soon!

Let's Talk About Sex Training – Virtual

Thursday, December 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us for an introductory-level training designed to introduce participants to the basics of being comfortable with talking about sex & intimacy with clients, presented by Erica Hungerford, LPC, NCC. By providing an understanding of pleasure inclusivity, queer sex & identities, non-monogamy, and kink, as well as offering skills to help prepare participants for these conversations, this training seeks to provide a foundation to work from when approaching common issues related to sex, sexual identity, and gender identity. This training also seeks to help participants navigate professional boundaries while encouraging clients to have authentic conversations about their sexual concerns. Group discussion will be used to support learning. 3 LCPC/LCSW CEUs are available. Sliding scale pricing is available. Click here to learn more.


40-Hour Crisis Intervention Training – Virtual

January 30, 31; February 2, 6, 7, 9

This training provides an in-depth examination of how sexual violence impacts individuals, communities, and broader society. 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. This training will conclude with an emphasis on vicarious trauma and self-care and empower trainees with resources they may share with their communities. Click here to learn more.

Questions? Contact Jenna Barrus, Outreach and Training Manager at or (872) 356-8217.


Resilience is hiring, apply today!

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. Do you know someone who might be a good fit? Send them this email!


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