"Rape Advocacy Counseling and Education Services (RACES) provides support to sexual assault survivors and community members through counseling services, medical and legal advocacy, prevention education, and training programs- all free of charge. Unfortunately, as a nonprofit, we have been hit hard by the Illinois state budget impasse and have not received our contractually obligated funding. If we do not raise enough funds before March 31, our doors will close, the hotline will go dark, and sexual assault survivors will no longer have a safe space to heal. You can prevent this! Just as we empower survivors to take control of their lives, we are empowering ourselves to transform our agency to a more resilient and sustainable organization. RACES is preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign to see us through this transformation and keep our services available for survivors." Please help IPF and Defy Gravity support this cause! Sexual assault is an unfortunate reality on our campus and in our community and RACES is a critical resource for both survivors and community members.