For nearly 40 years, the nonprofit Rape Victim Advocates has supported survivors of sexual violence in Chicago. On June 20, 300 guests joined co-chairs Julie Smolyansky and Courtney Revis at Salvage One (1840 W. Hubbard) for the ninth annual Soirée in the City, held to help further the organization’s mission. Attorney Shauna Prewitt, Life Span and the Sexual Assault Justice Project of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation were presented with the Dr. Natalie Stephens Visionary Award for their work in advocating for survivors. The program ended on an emotional note with a testimonial from a former RVA client who shared her story of survival. A record $85,000 was raised to support local comprehensive rape crisis services.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Brett Jelinek and Natasha Kohli