Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

I hope you’re enjoying this special time of transition from summer to fall. It always comes and goes quickly, but there’s much to look forward to during this season. Just next week, we’ll gather for Evening of Impact, our largest and most important fundraiser of the year. If you haven’t already, please register now! It will be an incredible opportunity to support our work and celebrate everyone who makes it possible. Our theme this year, Resilient Together, honors our community, partners, and supporters who are dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors and all that we are able to achieve together. You won’t want to miss it! I look forward to seeing you there on September 22. 

We are also looking forward to National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. Here at Resilience, we are celebrating our Hispanic American community. From clients, staff, volunteers, and partners, to so many other integral members of our community, we are honoring the incredible contributions these individuals and communities make towards our goal of empowering survivors and ending sexual violence; not just at Resilience, but at large in the anti-rape movement.

I hope to see you soon!

With gratitude,

Erin Walton
Executive Director


Meet Bobby Manis

It is important now more than ever to embrace and celebrate what connects us: our resilience. This month, we're shining a spotlight on Bobby Manis, Resilience Associate Board member and Evening of Impact Host Committee member. Read our interview to hear from Bobby about getting involved in Resilience and the role men can play in ending gender-based violence. Click the button below to read our interview with Bobby.


Don't miss the Associate Board's Chicago Red Stars fundraiser

Saturday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. at 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." Grab a few friends, take advantage of this exclusive offer, and get your tickets today. You'll get to enjoy a great game and contribute to our cause!


Evening of Impact 2022 is next week! Join us on Thursday, September 22!

The countdown to Evening of Impact 2022 is on and our big night is quickly approaching! In case you missed it, the silent auction is already open and you can start bidding now. Click here to view our special items and begin placing your bids.

Please note that you do not have to purchase a ticket to Evening of Impact to participate in the silent auction, but you will need to register or log in by clicking the button in the top right corner of the Evening of Impact site. For questions about the silent auction, please contact Miranda Ehmke at

If you don't already have your ticket, you can still register! Just click the button below to secure your spot for our most important fundraiser of the year.

Dress code: Cocktail/business attire.

Accessibility: To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Miranda Ehmke, Development Manager, at

Safety: Per CDC and the City of Chicago guidelines, masks and vaccinations are encouraged but not required.

Thank you for supporting Resilience. To learn more about Evening of Impact, including details about the program, speakers, venue, silent auction, raffle, and more, visit our website or click the button above. For questions about the event, please contact Amy O’Keeffe, Director of Development, at


Train to become a Volunteer Medical Advocate this fall

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 a future training. We host them four times throughout the year. Please 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, LPC, NCC, 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, LPC, NCC, 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, LPC, NCC, at to request to join the workshop or with any questions.


Men's Support Group – Virtual

Mondays, September 26 – December 5, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

This group is for male-identified survivors of sexual violence. This group aims to foster healing through shared experience. Members will be able to connect with other folks who have been impacted by sexual violence.

If interested please contact Reneé Miranda-Beristain, LCPC, NCC, at to complete an assessment. 


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 the 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.


Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Training – Virtual

Friday, October 14, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Attendees in this training will gain tools to identify sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Participants will explore the impacts of trauma and get examples of common trauma responses. Additionally, expert advocates will explain legal and medical options for student survivors.

This training is intended for higher education professionals involved in providing student survivor support or responding to student disclosures of sexual or domestic violence. Suggested participants are Confidential Advisors, Student Conduct and Student Counseling Services. This training does not provide comprehensive review or guidance on updated Title IX procedures; however, Title IX Coordinators are also encouraged to attend.

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.

Join us for 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 five days in advance of the event.

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


Workshop: Communication with Partners Around Intimacy – Virtual

Monday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

This free workshop is open to survivors of sexual violence ages 18+. Participants will learn techniques for communicating with partners related to intimacy, including boundaries, asking for what you need, starting the conversation, and more.

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


Holidays & Survivorship Support Group – Virtual

Monday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

This free workshop is open to sexual violence survivors of all genders, ages 16+. This will be a space to share struggles of the holiday season and receive support from peers and group leaders. Topics may include but are not limited to: family issues, significant dates around this time of year, triggers related to the holidays, and more.

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


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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