Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

Last week the Supreme Court announced its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending our constitutional right to abortion. We're deeply disappointed and hurt by this decision. Please know that Resilience will continue to stand with those fighting for bodily autonomy and abortion protections. We still have a long way to go in understanding and honoring the constitutional rights of us all but Resilience looks forward to continuing to work for positive change alongside you.

Amidst this setback, June has been a celebratory month for so many members of our community. Last Monday, our offices were closed in observance of Juneteenth. June 19, 1865, marked the day that enslaved people in Texas learned they were finally free, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation officially outlawed slavery. In honor of this day, we’re celebrating, honoring, and amplifying Black voices and stories. We commemorate this joyous day in history while acknowledging the steps that need to be taken to get much closer to achieving racial equality and freedom in this country.

Additionally, we’ve been celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Resilience is honored to serve the LGBTQ+ community and we celebrate survivors of all sexualities and gender expressions. We will continue to work to ensure our LGBTQ+ loved ones and community remain safe and supported, especially when so many threats to this community are still present. 

June is also PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD is something that impacts a large number of survivors of sexual violence and other trauma survivors. Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation published this article, Understanding PTSD and Sexual Harm with input from Resilience. By educating each other about the prevalence and impact of PTSD, we can all work to eliminate the stigma surrounding it and other mental health issues.

On behalf of Resilience, thank you for your steadfast support and please take care.

With gratitude,

Erin Walton
Executive Director


Meet Erin Hamilton

It is important now more than ever to embrace and celebrate what connects us: our resilience. This month, we're shining a spotlight on Erin Hamilton, Resilience's Director of Advocacy Services. Read our interview to hear from Erin about the Advocacy team, supporting LGBTQ+ survivors beyond Pride month, and celebrating the wins we're seeing for survivors in Illinois. Click the button below to read our interview with Erin.


Save the date for Evening of Impact 2022!

Please save the date for Resilience's annual Evening of Impact 2022: Resilient Together on September 22, 2022, at Galleria Marchetti for our largest and most celebrated event of the year. We’re looking forward to gathering with our allies, partners, friends, and supporters for a powerful evening of stories and speakers, socializing, music, auctions, raffle prizes, and most importantly, uniting to support survivors. Proceeds of Evening of Impact go towards providing our services, which are 100% free for survivors and their loved ones. 

Registration will open on July 8! In the meantime, please save the date!

For questions regarding Evening of Impact including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy O’Keeffe, Director of Development at


Meet our New Board Members!

Resilience is thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors. Lucero Castellanos, Mark Cohen, Brian Greenberg, and Swathi Mothkur join Resilience with a plethora of skills, experiences, and shared passion for our mission. You can learn more about them by clicking the button below. We're honored to have them!

To learn more about joining our Board of Directors, click here. If you are interested in joining, please contact Erin Walton, Executive Director.


Thank you for supporting the Empowerment 5K and the Celebrating Resilience Luncheon!

Earlier this month we hosted our first-annual Empowerment 5K hosted by our Associate Board and our third annual Celebrating Resilience Luncheon. Both events were huge successes and we're so grateful for your support. To everyone who made these events possible, we cannot thank you enough for supporting survivors and Resilience. You helped us raise over $25,000 that will reach survivors through Legal and Medical Advocacy, Education and Training, and Trauma Therapy programs.

You can view photos from the Empowerment 5K here and photos from the Luncheon here.


We're looking for our next class of Volunteer Medical Advocates

Resilience is searching for our next training class of volunteer medical advocates. The deadline to apply for our Summer 2022 volunteer training is June 29. An orientation session (by invitation only) will be held in July, and the training will take place in July and August. To learn more about our volunteer program, click here

Interested in becoming a volunteer medical advocate later instead? The deadline to apply for our Fall 2022 training is September 28. Reach out to us at with questions!

Crochet and Mindfulness Event – Virtual

July 5, 2022, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for this two-hour virtual group event 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 this if they wish to. No crochet experience needed, ages 16+ and all genders welcome!

Materials needed: One crochet hook, size 5mm or 5.5mm; one ball of yarn, medium weight (size 4). Free materials are available for those in need. Must contact us at least five days in advance of the event.

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


Group for Black Women Sexual Violence Survivors – Virtual

Wednesdays, July 6 – September 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This is a psychoeducational support group for African American women, trans women, and nonbinary survivors of sexual violence ages 18 and up. It will focus on developing coping skills, forming a new sense of sisterhood, and achieving self-empowerment. 

Interested participants should contact Gaby Molden, MSW, LSW at or (773) 287-6058.


40-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training – Virtual

July 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This training provides an in-depth examination of how sexual violence impacts individuals, communities, and broader society. Participants will leave with foundational knowledge of sexual violence. 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.

Questions? Contact Maggie Arthur, Director of Education and Training, at or (872) 356-8215.


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 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!


Get Connected with Resilience's Remote Services

Click here to connect with an advocate remotely
Please fill out this form to be contacted by a trauma therapist to schedule or confirm a one-time remote session
Click here to view our COVID-19 resources on our website


Safety planning resources for survivors from Futures Without Violence
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