Loyola University Chicago

Coordinated Community Response Team

Past Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate the Loyola community on how we all play a role in preventing it. We encourage you to be involved in every way that you can.

It's Complicated: Navigating Healthy Relationships as a Survivor

A three-part workshop on navigating healthy relationships for survivors of childhood and/or adult sexual violence. Join other survivors in a safe, confidential setting to explore how to identify and maintain healthy relationships. The workshop will be divided in to three sessions: friends, family, and romantic partners. If you are interested in attending this workshop, all participants must complete a screening prior to attending. Please contact Emily, Counselor, at 773-862-3100, x2021to complete a preliminary screening. Space is limited.

Meeting the Mondays of March 10th, 17th, and 24th | 5:30pm-7pm
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
RISE Center
820 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 550 | Chicago, IL 60607
Emily, Counselor, at 773-862-3100, x2021

You Are Not Alone Support Group

Are you a survivor of sexual assault or abuse? You are not alone. Would you like to connect with others who have experienced sexual assault in a safe space for mutual support?  The Wellness Center is offering group counseling for survivors of sexual assault with one of our staff therapists, Gina Haverland, LCSW. For more information or to discuss joining the group, please contact Gina at 773.508.8882 or ghaverland@luc.edu.

Male Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) will be hosting a 10-week support group for Adult Male Survivors of sexual assault. This group will offer a safe space to explore trauma, share experiences, and provide support to members. The challenges male survivors face both personally and systemically will be explored throughout this process. No prior group experience is necessary and this group is confidential. All services are provided at no charge to participants. Pre-screening is required for participation in this group, please contact David at (312)-443-9603 ex. 32 to register.

Meeting Thursdays starting February 20th | 6pm-8pm
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60601
David Gordon (312)-443-9603 ex. 32

Beyond Survival: A Sexual Violence Support Group for College Students

After the trauma of sexual violence, survivors often feel isolated and confused about their own emotional response to this experience. This educational support group for college students who are survivors of sexual violence offers the space to connect with other survivors and the opportunity to understand the impact of sexual abuse/assault.

Meeting Mondays starting January 27th | 5:30pm-7:00pm
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Logan Square Satellite
2858 W. Diversey Ave  | Chicago, IL 60647
For more information, contact: 
Kate Hoffower at 312-773-2102 x2157

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The goal of the group is to help survivors connect with other survivors and further understand the impact of sexual abuse/assault within themselves. All members must have prior experience with group counseling to be eligible for participation.

Meeting Mondays starting January 27th | 5:30pm-7:00pm
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
RISE Center
820 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 550 | Chicago, IL 60607
For more information, contact: 
Emily Marsden at 773-862-3100 x2021

Unhealthy Relationships Women's Support Group

  • Join us in a caring and supportive atmosphere to discuss personal experiences
  • Connect with other survivors
  • Learn about abusive relationships and how to begin healing from the effects of them
  • Explore the dynamics of healthy relationships
  • Begin to let go of the past, move forward in your healing

Meeting Tuesdays starting February 4th | 5:45pm-7:00pm
YWCA Evanston/North Shore
1215 Church St. | Evanston, IL 60201
For more information, contact:
Eryn at 847-864-8445 x113

ThrYve Through Creativity: Survivors of Sexual Violence Support Group

This is a support group for adult women survivors of childhood and/or adult sexual abuse/assault. Everyone copes differently and the focus of this group is to help you build positive coping skills through the use of creativity.

Meeting Thursdays starting February 13th | 5:30pm-7:30pm
YWCA Parks Francis Center
6600 S. Cottage Grove | Chicago, IL 60637
For more information, contact:
Joy at 773-496-5635

One Billion Rising for Justice with RVA

Rape Victim Advocates hosted CHICAGO RISING on February 14th 2014 at Daley Plaza. http://www.onebillionrising.org/about/campaign/one-billion-rising/

Standing Silent Witness

Brought to you by RVA, Campus Grant Partner

Rape Victim Advocates host this event every year! Standing silently for one hour, volunteers wore teal T-shirts bearing the stories of sexual assault survivors in order to "break the silence" about sexual violence.

Yes, Please! A Celebration of Community and Consent

Brought to you by Catharsis

"Yes Please" was an event of creative performances about consent and community that will empower, inspire, and transform (and also make you chuckle). If you have any questions, please contact yesplease@catharsisproductions.com.

Breaking the Silence: Poetry and Open Mic

Brought to you by RVA, Campus Grant Partner

Breaking the Silence was a moving spoken-word event featuring local artists performing in protest of sexual violence in Chicago. Individuals joined us in solidarity by participating in the open mic portion of the night or simply by being present.

"Breaking the Silence: Poetry and Open Mic" featured KOKUMO, with La Pixie, Earth Pearl Collective and Cathy Lynn Saunders.

Act Now!: Bystander Film Festival and Contest

Act Now Chicago is a film festival and contest whose mission is to encourage bystanders to act before uncomfortable social situations before they escalate into interpersonal violence. Bystander intervention challenges "Diffusion of Responsibility" theory that contributes to crimes.

Film is a powerful tool to create social norms and reflect positive community values; it helps us tell dynamic stories of communities we want to build; and it presents a creative way of presenting practical and entertaining scenes of bystander intervention. Participants play a role in modeling interventions that make our communities safer. We believe that a festival of this nature is needed as a space that builds a community and engages the discussion of personal responsibility and accountability by watching films together, make connections, and build relationships that will denounces media that promotes rape culture, violent masculinity, and social injustice. For more information visit Act Now! at www.uic.edu/depts/owa/filmfestival or find us on twitter or facebook @ActNowChicago.

Stand Up & Speak Up

Brought to you by YWCA

The goal of this workshop was to help survivors connect with other survivors and members of the community to break the silence of sexual violence. Individuals had an opportunity to share and listen to stories of survivors who have been impacted by sexual violence.

Treating Trauma: Therapeutic Tools for Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence

Brought to you by YWCA

This workshop was intended for therapists and counselors interested in expanding their clinical knowledge to more effectively support survivors of sexual violence.

*CEUs Not Available

Sexual Assault... A Campus Reality - A Night with Leaders from the Greek Community

Leaders from the Greek community will gathered to hear a real-life account from a survivor, facts around sexual assault, receive information about resources on campus and tips on how to be an active bystander.

*This event was open to select Greek students only.

Clothesline Project - brought to you by Loyola Sexual Assault Advocates

The Clothesline Project is a worldwide program that addresses gender-based violence. Anyone who has been affected by gender-based violence is encouraged to express their feelings or tell their story by decorating a T-shirt.

Decorated T-shirts will be hung on a clothesline display to raise awareness and a community of solidarity around ending this type of violence.

"Violence Against Women: A Panel Making International Connections"

In honor of International Women's Day (3/8) Loyola hosted a panel discussion exploring international violence against women. The panel included representatives from Koren Women in Need (KAN-WIN), Apna Ghar, and Mujeres Latinas en Accion.

2.14.2013 V-Day - One Billion Rising

There are 7 billion people on the planet. Half are women. One third of them are raped or beaten. We invited ONE BILLION women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence.

On 2.14.13, we moved the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. The celebration of One Billion Rising was a WORLD HAPPENING.

Students, staff and faculty from both LSC and WTC participated in the larger “One Billion Rising” event hosted by Rape Victim Advocates.

Click here to see photos from the event!

We Are Unbreakable

We Are Unbreakable was a celebration of resilience- where students who have survived adversity in their lives have the chance to tell their story. We encouraged "the unbreakable" (you!) to submit a story, poem, picture, or quote that helped individuals overcome poverty, war, sexual assault, domestic violence, or trauma. In addition to the stories, poems, pictures, and quotes that were submitted before the event, there was an open mic for "the unbreakable" to share their stories in person.