Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy


Shattering The Silence of Sexual Violence

aka PAVE

Chicago, IL


Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a multi-chapter national 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to shatter the silence and prevent sexual violence through education, social advocacy and healing for survivors.

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Executive Director

Angela Rose

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Coffin

Main Address

55 E. Monroe Street Suite 3800

Chicago, IL 60603 USA


sexual violence prevention, violence prevention, rape prevention, sexual violence awareness, primary prevention education, shatter the silence, survivor voices,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Women's Rights (R24)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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#ConsentIs National Campaign

Empowerment Summit: Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul

PAVE's Speakers Bureau

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1-Year Goal: June 30, 2015 - July 1, 2016

To take PAVE to the next level, we will educate 500,000 students, parents, civic leaders, expand funding streams, and provide tools to schools to end sexual violence.

2-3 Year Goal: July 2016 - June 2018
PAVE will develop services for survivors and loved ones as well as expand our prevention and awareness initiatives to end sexual violence.

3-5 Year Goal: June 2018 - July 2020
PAVE will scale its efforts and expand our services to junior high school and tailor programming to niche audiences.

PAVE's three core capabilities are: prevention education, social advocacy and survivor support.

To educate the community on sexual violence, PAVE engages in speaking events that are informative and preventative while also creating online training that is geared toward the prevention of sexual violence.

In addition, to generate awareness and influence society, PAVE participates in numerous fundraising and media campaigns throughout the country. PAVE also uses various marketing methods to develop materials that not only increase awareness of sexual violence, but also reach the intended target audience.

Lastly, PAVE focuses on providing both immediate and long-term support for both survivors and their loved ones. To support and empower survivors of sexual violence, PAVE offers webinars and healing events, including Empowerment Summits.

Priority One: Expand Funding Streams

a. Strategic partnerships with organizations
b. Corporate Partners
c. Cultivating individual donors, including major gifts and small gifts with crowd fundraising
d. Community foundation grants
e. Event based fundraising, including PAVE Hollywood & National Walk
f. Full-time staff and office

Priority Two: Prevention Education

a. Launch online educational platform for freshman orientation
b. Dissemination of parent education tools including audio modules to 1,000 parents
c. Speaker's bureau averages three speaking engagements per month to students, parent groups, and professionals
d. PAVE high school educational curriculum in 5 schools
e. Launch updated tools for schools to prevent sexual violence for parents, students, and administrators

Priority Three: Social Awareness Campaigns
a. New website launches as a hub for education, advocacy, and healing tools
b. #ConsentIs awareness program in 50 schools
c. Art for Awareness event in 7 communities
d. Healing webinars 3 times per year
e. Awareness concert in Atlanta

PAVE tracks metrics of their impact including audience evaluation forms and testimonials such as below:

I had just gone away to college. A month later after getting off the elevator in my dorm, I saw an ad for a PAVE meeting. I followed my gut and went, figuring I had nothing to lose, I felt so lost and hopeless anyway... And from that day I have never been the same. There were peer meetings, public events, chalking around campus, safety campaigns...collectively a profound, gradual, life-changing experience. It has given me strength, courage and hope to live life.

PAVE helped me realize my truth of the situation, acknowledge its occurrence, free myself of denial and PTSD, and create a new truth in healing, the truth I wanted my life to become outside in the shadows of my experience.

PAVE gave me courage to continue to define my boundaries of comfort with a boyfriend, taught me it's ok to value and rebuild purity in a relationship with others and myself. It gave me a foundation to build from, the first path I found in those rocky, unstable times following my date rape experience.

PAVE gave me courage to find my voice--not only my voice to the public, but also my voice to myself, to help me start loving myself move forward in life with a gradual new-found self esteem. People say you never heal from rape. I would seriously challenge whoever says that. All my triggers aren't valid anymore--somehow all of it has become a distant memory with no power.

One thing I've learned from PAVE: I will no longer let my past decide my future...there is only room for positivity in relationships with others and myself.

1996: Angela Rose, PAVE Founder, is kidnapped from a shopping mall by a man who was on parole for murder at the age of seventeen. She fought back by spearheading community action that culminated with the passing of the Sexually Violence Persons Commitment Act.

2001: Angela Rose creates PAVE as a student organization at the University of WI - Madison after spending months interviewing campus administrators, community professionals, and politicians to find out what is missing at universities.

2003: PAVE's launches Peer Education Program - educates students, athletes and fraternities/sororities. There is now a class called PAVE through the school of social work.

2005: PAVE sold out Conference of Healing in the Midwest brings together holistic health for trauma healing.

2007: PAVE launches sexual assault prevention initiatives for under-represented communities including students of color and LGBTQQA.

2009: PAVE organized the Victim's Rights Rally in 40 cities in 3 business days and is covered by CNN, Today Show and in TIME.

2011: PAVE launches military sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention trainings.

2013: PAVE convenes the National Campus Sexual Assault Summit at Georgetown Law and it broadcasts to over 400 colleges. Speakers include Laura Dunn, Lynn Rosenthal from the White House, and Sarah RIce from MTV.

2015: Angela Rose steps down from CEO role at real estate company to take PAVE to the next level including the launch of curriculum for high school students and tools for their parents to talk about sexual assault prevention.

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