‘Standing Silent Witness’ at Daley Plaza

Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) hosted a silent demonstration with over 150 participants (wearing T-shirts with statements against sexual violence) at Daley Plaza on Friday, April 25. Gaining national recognition in 2001, RVA’s goal is “to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educating communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence, and acknowledging sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue.”

“Sexual violence is prevalent, but survivors are often silenced by ignorance, stereotypes and disbelief,” says Sharmili Majmudar, executive director of RVA. “RVA began Standing Silent Witness to bring people together in solidarity with survivors and to ‘break the silence’ that surrounds this violence. In the years that we’ve held this demonstration, we’ve had hundreds of people join us, some of whom do so spontaneously off the street.

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About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.