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According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. This being said, sexual violence has fallen by half in the last 20 years thanks to the abundant of organizations striving to make change. There are many resources to turn to if you or someone you know is struggling with the trauma of sexual violence.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
"Ending Harm, Demanding Change."
CAASE was founded in 2006 by Rachel Durchslag and is a nonprofit organization that focuses ending sexual assault and commercial sex trade. This is done through policy reform and community engagement.
Where: 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1818
Phone: (773) 244-2230
Rape Victim's Advocates (RVA)
RVA is an independent non-for-profit for sexual assault survivors founded by OB/GYN, Dr. Natalie A. Stephens in 1974. The organization focuses on healing and empowering those affected by trauma through counseling and medical/legal advocacy.
Where: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600
Phone: (312) 443-9603
Rape Crisis Hotline: (888) 293-2080
Apna Ghar began in the 80s by a group of Asian-American women who were determined to put a stop to gender violence across immigrant communities. This organization provides emergency shelter and transitional housings to survivors of domestic violence. Many clients are immigrants from Middle-East and African countries and have been impacted by war.
Where: 4350 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor
Phone: (773) 883-4663
Crisis Hotline: (773) 334-4663
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Woman's Network
The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Woman's Network is a collaborative membership organization founded in 1980 by five women involved with human services.The non-for-profit dedicates itself to educating individuals on the importance of sexual awareness and public advocacy.
Where: 1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1630
Phone: (312) 527-0735
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (877) 863-6338
"Shattering the Silence."
PAVE was founded by Angela Rose, a survivor of sexual assault, in 2001. She used her traumatic experience to create change and promote advocacy in the city. The organization has empowered and trained more than 50,000 college students and 2,500 professionals.
Where: 233 S. Wacker Dr., 84th Floor
Phone: (877) 399-1346
Here is a list of other organizations for women seeking guidance: