April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. An organization that creates awareness and promotes prevention year-round is Rape Victims Advocates (RVA). In recent years, RVA has shifted from an anti-rape approach to a “pro-consent” approach.
RVA has been around 30+ years , setting the gold standard for rape survivors, their families, and loved ones. RVA supports work, legal and medical help, counseling, and perhaps most well-known, emergency room advocacy.
The ER advocates receive 56 hours of training to be a responder to survivors of sexual assault. Once trained, advocates are on call (on a rotating basis) for 24-hour periods, and are called/paged to respond to participating Chicago area hospitals when a rape survivor shows up in the emergency room.
For more information about RVA, check out http://www.rapevictimadvocates.org/.
Rob Babcock, IMPACT Chicago Board Secretary and Suited Instructor