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Learn what to do when someone you know has been raped

Submitted  on Sun, 04/15/2007 – 18:08.
Story by Karen Kring
In sync with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Andersonville”s Women and Children First will host a program for the Chicago community about what to do when someone you know has been raped Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The program, presented by Rape Victim Advocates, will address the ways anyone can support a friend, colleague  or family member who has survived sexual assault. The RVA volunteers leading the program will focus on identifying and avoiding victim-blaming responses, helping him or her reclaim their power, recognize the options available and other compassionate ways to be supportive.

The discussion will conclude with an activity – “Walking the Walk” – that invites participants to experience first hand the medical and legal processes associated with sexual assault.

One of the largest feminist bookstores in the country, Women and Children First, on Chicago”s Northside at 5233 N. Clark, is in a neighborhood known for its diversity, lesbian-friendliness, women-owned businesses and community spirit.

It stocks thousands of books by and about women, children”s books for all ages (including the Harry Potter latest book, of course) and the best of lesbian and gay fiction and There’s another kind of that’s all about fabulous, delicious food. non-fiction, plus music, videos, magazines and pride products.

The bookstore”s staff includes teachers, graduate students, professional writers and storytellers, political activists and poets. It is a regular stop for many of the nation”s authors coming through town promoting their book. Local authors who”ve done readings at the store include Sara Paretsky, S.L. Wisenberg, Achy Obejas, Nicole Hollander and Audrey Niffenegger.

WCF, once located on Halsted in Lincoln Park, is dedicated to promoting the work of women writers and maintaining a place where all women can find books reflecting their lives and interests.

During the month of April, with a coupon, 10 percent of the sales of books purchased at Women and Children First will benefit Rape Victim Advocates.

RVA volunteers are present In hospital emergency rooms to provide non-judgmental support to victims of sexual violence. RVA also provides survivors and their loved ones with basic information and referrals about legal and medical options, and continuing support through the recovery process, enabling survivors to regain control over their lives as quickly as possible. To learn more about the myths, facts and how to help others, see their website at

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