Town Hall - Chicago's Wicker Park
Hosted by the Foundation's Young Women's Leadership Council

Wednesday, April 25
6:30-9 p.m.
The Note
1565 N. Milwaukee Ave.

NOTICE: Everyone must show a valid ID to enter The Note. If you are under 21, please contact Dinah Zebot by April 23 at (312) 577-2818 or

  • Perre Shelton, spoken word artist
  • Nikki Patin, spoken word artist and activist
  • Angela Rose, sexual assault survivor and founder of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE)
  • Rachel Durchslag, director of Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
Join us. Share your concerns and help us find solutions.

“What Will It Take? Building the Safest State for All Women and Girls” is a yearlong initiative throughout Illinois headed by Chicago Foundation for Women. It is based on the idea that to find answers, you have to ask the question. The Town Hall series is part of that effort.

This is the sixth of at least nine town hall meetings held across the state hosted by Chicago Foundation for Women. This town hall is hosted by Chicago Foundation for Women’s Young Women’s Leadership Council and co-hosted by: Loyola University's Feminist Forum; Loyola University’s Women’s Studies Program; Theta Omega Chapter - Phi Theta Kappa (Wright College); Roosevelt University's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance; Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE, Inc.); Younger Women's Task Force – Chicago Chapter; Chicago NOW; Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE); Between Friends' Young Professionals Group; University of Illinois Chicago Wellness Center; Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women (and Student Subcommittee) at University of Illinois Chicago.

Violence does not discriminate—it affects people no matter what your income, age, race, sexual orientation or gender identity. But it disproportionately affects women of color, immigrant women and women with disabilities.
  • Stalking is the most prevalent form of violence against women and the strongest indicator of extreme violence. Yet, there are barely any numbers on stalking. A national survey found about 1 million women over 18 say they have been stalked—yet in only 10 percent of those cases women felt safe enough to call the police. 

  • In 73 percent of sexual assaults, the perpetrator knew the victim—38 percent of perpetrators were a friend or acquaintance, 28 percent were an intimate partner and 7 percent were a relative. Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is committing a sexual assault.

  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States.

  • Four out of five sexual assaults are committed against people under age 30.

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For more information on the Town Hall and the Young Women's Leadership Council, including accessibility requests (The Note is wheelchair-accessible), contact Dinah Zebot at (312) 577-2818 or