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GYAC Presents: Violence and Race in America

No! The Rape Documentary
a film by Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Produced and Directed over a period of eleven years, seven of which were full time, by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an incest and rape survivor, this groundbreaking feature length documentary features riveting testimonials from Black women rape survivor stories who defy victimization.
Violence prevention advocates, theologians, sociologists, historians, anthropologists, and other leading scholars and human rights activists provide an interdisciplinary context with which to examine sexual violence in African-American communities. They also explore how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia.
Impacting archival footage, spirited music, transformational dance, and performances from award-winning poets take viewers on a journey from enslavement of African people in the United States through present day.
(Source: http://notherapedocumentary.org/)


For further information:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ipnQjrRXnU: A video preview of the film.
notherapedocumentary.org: The film’s homepage


Rape Victim Advocates
working against sexual violence

RVA is an Illinois not-for-profit organization made up of many individuals with two primary goals: to assure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion; and to affect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.
RVA focuses on both social service and social change. Through our presence in Chicago area emergency rooms, we provide nonjudgmental emotional support to victims of sexual violence, enabling them to become survivors. By providing basic legal and medical information, and referrals to other service organizations, we help the survivor make informed decisions. We also offer survivors continued support through telephone follow-up and our staff of counselors and legal advocates. Through these services, we enable survivors to regain control over their lives as quickly as possible. Through our work with the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and other area institutions, we strive to improve the treatment of survivors as a group in our society.  RVA offers three distinct program areas: Counseling (individual and group), Advocacy (legal and medical) and Education & Training.
(Source: rapevictimadvocates.org)


For further information:
rapevictimadvocates.org: The organization’s homepage
Central Office Phone Number: (312) 443-9602


Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
ending harm, demanding change

CAASE believes it is possible to stop sexual exploitation by directly addressing the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or tacitly support sexually exploitive acts against people. To accomplish our mission, CAASE: seeks legal repercussions on behalf of survivors against perpetrators of sexual harm; advocates for policies and legislation that hold sexual exploiters accountable; creates and implements prevention initiatives, including the provision of safe spaces for survivors to give testimony about their experiences; and develops resources that empower individuals and communities to stand with victims of sexual harm and take powerful actions against sexual exploiters.
(Source: thecaase.org)


For further information:
thecaase.org: CAASE homepage
http://www.facebook.com/thecaase: CAASE Facebook Page


Know the Facts!

*Over 70% of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim
*Every 9 seconds a woman in the United States is beaten by her husband, boyfriend, or live-in partner.
*Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
*1 out of 6 American women and 1 in 33 men has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
(Source: Rape Victim Advocates)


24-hour Crisis Lines:

IL Domestic Violence Helpline: (877) 863-6338
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: (888) 293-2080
Anti-Violence Project Hotline (LGBT): (773) 871-CARE