Sexual Violence Advocacy and Assistance
If you are a victim of sexual violence,we cannot say enough about your courage to browse our website and seek solutions to assist in your healing journey. Links to organizations that provide counseling services free of charge, in a supportive, non-judgmental environment, are provided below.
Always remember two things: you are not alone, and it is not your fault.Thank you—and hopefully you will thank yourself—for investigating the avenues toward recovery.
If you are a recent victim, please seek medical attention at an emergency room immediately. Any time lost may endanger your health, as well as compromise law enforcement’s ability to apprehend your assailant.
If you are a victim’s family member or concerned friend,counseling is available to you too. Most likely you are grieving and wondering how best to help your loved one after he or she has been victimized. Your ability to provide emotional support in a non-judgmental manner will be a vital component of your loved one’s healing journey.
Please remember that positive encouragement, no matter how difficult, is one of the most important gifts you can give. It was not their fault. It is extremely important that this message is restated because it will help shape the victim's perception of themselves.
Whether you are a recent victim of sexual violence, or were traumatized a number of years ago, counseling plays an important role in developing and maintaining sound emotional health. Below you will find links to organizations that offer counseling in the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as links to those that provide services on a national basis.RVA (Rape Victim Advocates)
ICASA (Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault)
RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network)
NOW (National Organization for Women)
Dating Violence Resource Center
Chicago area Hospitals
While many free programs are available, ALMAA understands that such counseling may not be easily accessible due to location or timing. If you would like to be considered for need-based transportation and/or counseling subsidies please Click here to send a request for more information.