March 15, 2016
I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the Executive Director of Rape Victim Advocates for 8 years, and today, I am asking you - my extraordinary, amazing community of people who believe in justice and compassion - to donate to RVA.
For over 40 years, our supporters have made it possible for thousands of survivors of sexual violence to transform their lives. Last year, Rape Victim Advocates provided services to over 20,000 survivors, loved ones, students ranging in age from 5 to 21, parents, teachers, law enforcement, hospital personnel, other professionals and community members. Thanks to our donors, RVA ensured that no survivor was ever alone and that every survivor was treated with dignity, compassion and respect.
As you know, thanks to the state budget crisis, RVA faces a difficult future. The unprecedented State of Illinois budget crisis has threatened significant funding that enables us to be there when survivors of sexual violence need us most. Our ability to provide services is threatened. Yet we are trying to do everything possible to maintain our current level of service to sexual assault survivors. RVA is now at a critical juncture and needs your support today.
I have had the opportunity to be connect with so many survivors at RVA - many clients, but also among our staff, volunteers, board and friends. I know how life-saving RVA has been to so many. One of the amazing people I have met, Martha Alicia Montes Madrid, says:
I hope that you take Martha's words to heart. The impact of RVA in her life mirrors the stories of thousands of other survivors RVA has served since 1974. Your support of Rape Victim Advocates will enable us to weather the state budget crisis and provide the effective, dependable, quality services all survivors deserve. Here's what your donation could mean:
$ 50 means travel for one volunteer to and from an emergency room where they will provide essential information, advocacy and emotional support at any time, day or night.
$110 means you get one ticket to RVA’s annual fundraiser, Soirée in the City, on June 9th at Morgan Manufacturing. Funds raised support RVA's comprehensive services.
$250 supports one police training session to ensure that law enforcement treat survivors with dignity, respect and compassion.
$500 supports age-appropriate Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education books on safe and unsafe touch.
$1,000 provides five support group sessions for survivors so they can break isolation and heal together.
$2,000 helps support a 56-hour training for 30 new volunteers who commit to being on call 24 hours each month to support sexual assault survivors and their loved ones in the emergency room.
$2,500 provides one year’s worth of new, comfortable clothing for survivors in the emergency room to wear home when their clothing is taken as evidence as part of the rape kit
And of course, a donation of ANY SIZE makes a difference.
Join me in saying NO MORE and standing against sexual violence. Join me in raising $1000 to support comprehensive services for survivors. Join me so we can be here tomorrow for Martha and other survivors.