Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

There’s plenty on our plate this month here at Resilence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we’re thinking about all the ways in which interpersonal violence and sexual violence overlap. Too often, survivors of either and both are forced to run into systems and institutions that fail them. Stigma and shame keep these survivors silenced and unable to come forward to begin or continue their healing journey. I hope for and work towards a world where this violence is prevented and eradicated, and I know our community stands with me in those efforts. 

Earlier this week, our offices were closed for Indigenous People’s Day. This occasion always brings to mind the rates of gender-based violence among indigenous people in this country, and just how harrowing they are. More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence, and more than 1 in 2 have experienced sexual violence, according to Indian Law Resource Center. There is so much work to be done and I’m grateful that you’re here to help.

Lastly, the countdown to Evening of Impact is on! We’re less than two weeks from our biggest fundraiser of the year. We sincerely hope you can join us for a fantastic night of support and celebration. Register and learn more below! By registering, becoming a sponsor, donating, participating in our silent auction, or helping spread the word, you’re directly aiding Resilience in our fight to end sexual violence and empower survivors. 

Thank you for being a part of this community and this cause.

With Gratitude,

Erin Walton
Executive Director


Join us for a night to remember at Evening of Impact 2021!

You won't want to miss our annual Evening of Impact! Join us on Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Galleria Marchetti for a night packed with special celebrations. We're honored to recognize Jean Cozier as this year's Visionary Award Winner and to welcome Dr. Candice Norcott as our Keynote Speaker. We'll also be joined by Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, who will share a special message with the Resilience community either in person or by video. Proceeds of Evening of Impact go towards providing our services, which are 100% free for survivors and their loved ones. We hope you'll be there for an incredible evening of celebration and support! Our silent auction is already open, and new items and prizes are constantly being added. Browse and bid today!

Becoming a sponsor of the Evening of Impact underscores your commitment to survivors and helps ensure that Resilience can continue making a difference in this fight via trauma therapy, legal and medical advocacy, and education and training, all at no cost to the survivor or their loved ones. Click the button below to purchase your Evening of Impact tickets or sponsorship.


Meet Jen Glawe

It is more important now more than ever to embrace and celebrate what connects us: our resilience. This month, we're proudly shining a spotlight on Jen Glawe. Jen is a Resilience supporter and member of our Evening of Impact Event Host Committee. Read our interview with Jen below.


OMMB is back in full swing this festival season!

Our Music My Body was back in full swing this summer at various music festivals and events. Our Music My Body aims to raise awareness about sexual harassment in the music scene and create fun and consensual music experiences for all. This past summer, Our Music My Body:

  • Tabled at Lollapalooza, Ruido Fest, and Riot Fest for a total of 74 hours of direct outreach to music fans
  • Spoke to over 3,000 music fans, connecting them with Resilience resources and making consent-themed buttons thanks to our sponsorship from Busy Beaver Button Co.
  • Raised over $600
  • Provided on-scene support for 4 survivors

Thank you to everyone who joined OMMB this summer! Learn more about the campaign here.


Thank you, Dipak Patel!

Resilience was honored to have Dipak Patel run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and raise funds for Resilience. He raised over $7,800 to support our mission and services! Resilience extends our deepest gratitude to Dipak and everyone who donated to his personal fundraising page for this event! Thank you, Dipak and donors, for supporting survivors and Resilience, and congratulations to all runners!


Yin+Yang Yoga: Virtual Fundraiser hosted by the Resilience Associate Board

When: Sunday, October 24, 9:30 am CST

Join our instructor, Andrea Cameron, for this hour-long yoga class - great for all levels. About 50% to 70% of the class is vinyasa/power style asana yoga and the rest of class is a combination of yin and restorative styles of yoga asana - long holds and lots of props. The class will begin with grounding breath work (pranayama), and meditation and will end with relaxation (savasana).

This is a donate what you want/can class (suggested donation of $5-25). To register, click the button below and donate. After donating, you will receive a confirmation email. The day before the event, you'll receive another email containing information about joining the meeting. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Self-Compassion Group

When: Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm CST, October 18 - December 6

A virtual support group for female-identifying people to express their experiences with body image and self-esteem while learning how to practice self-compassion. Participants must be 18 years or older.

If interested please contact Katrina Ramirez by email at or call (872) 204-7791.

Journaling and Meditation Support Group

When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm CST, October 25 - December 20 (excluding November 22)

This is a closed 8-week virtual support group that will be a space for survivors of sexual violence of all genders and who are 18+ to process emotions, thoughts, and experiences through journal prompts, self-reflection, and various guided meditative practices. Journal prompts will range from themes of self-compassion/self-love, self-discovery, processing grief, establishing safety, and many others. We will also incorporate meditative practices such as body scanning, loving kindness, guided imagery, etc. 

All genders are welcome. Ages 18+. If interested, please contact Matt Axelrod at or call (312) 443-960 x 151

Virtual 40-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training

When: November 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, and 11, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm via Zoom

Participants obtain foundational knowledge of sexual violence and rape culture and its’ impact on those whom experience this type of victimization. Trainees gain basic crisis intervention skills, explore the neurobiology of trauma and learn how to respond appropriately to disclosures. They also learn about the legal and medical remedies available to survivors and explore how sexual violence impacts unique groups of survivors. The training will conclude with an emphasis on vicarious trauma and self-care and empower trainees with resources they may share with their communities. LCPC and LCSW CEUs are available. Learn more and register below.

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence in Higher Education Virtual Training

When: Friday, November 5, 10 am - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Resilience hosts training for Higher Education Institutions as required under the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. This training is the annual training required for anyone on campus who could potentially receive a report of sexual violence. Join our new group of presenters for an updated training module tailored to those working in higher education. Training content covers the topics required by law including an overview of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, information on trauma response, how to support survivors, and much more! Learn more and register below.

Let's Talk About Sex Virtual Training

When: December 3, 10:00 am -1:30 pm via Zoom

Join us for an introductory level virtual training designed to teach clinicians the basics of talking about sex and intimacy with clients. This training provides the foundational knowledge necessary to work with clients on issues related to sex, intimacy after sexual trauma, sexual identity, and gender identity. Topics include pleasure inclusivity, queer sex, and identities, non-monogamy, and kink. Through group discussion and peer exchange, participants will receive the practical skills needed to navigate professional boundaries and encourage authentic conversations about clients' sexual questions and concerns.

The Resilience Training Institute now offers sliding scale pricing on our specialized trainings, including Let's Talk About Sex! Learn more by clicking the button below.

Questions about these trainings, or the Resilience Training Institute? Contact Candice Tindell, Training and Outreach Manager at


Resilience needs your help! Become a Volunteer Medical Advocate

Resilience is looking for our next class of volunteers to train with us this winter. We rely on volunteers to be able to ensure survivors are supported in hospitals all over the city. Medical advocates are the people who respond to the page from the hospital emergency room—the caring strangers who arrive to hold an unsteady hand, decipher medical and legal terminology and filter through countless forms and paperwork, all to support survivors on their healing journey. Now more than ever we need volunteers to continue showing up for survivors. Volunteer medical advocates complete 60 hours of virtual training before signing up to be on-call to hospitals throughout the Chicago area.

Our next volunteer training will be held in winter 2022. The deadline to apply is January 5, and the training begins on January 31. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Know someone who might be interested? Forward this email to them! Learn more here.


We're 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, please click here.  


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