Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Honoring Laurieann Chutis

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Honoring Laurieann Chutis

Laurieann Chutis is a Licensed Certified Social Worker who was pioneer in the anti-rape movement when it came to the creation of self-help groups for adult survivors of sex crimes.  Laurieann was the long time Director of Consultation and Education Services 
Ravenswood Community Mental Health Center.

Back in the early 1980s Laurieann saw the need for survivors to network and share their personal experiences with each other in a safe manor.  She got to work and created the first train volunteers in how to run safe self-help groups for those dealing with all sorts of issues out of Ravenswood Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago; which lead to her authoring a booklet entitled "How To Start A Self-Help Group".  Her work was internationally known and was highly respected.

Laurieann is also the author of numerous articles, including her most famous guide sheet entitled "FLASHBACK", which was also developed back in the early 1980s.  


  1. FLASHBACK (1984)
  2. FLASHBACK Trauma signals the start of healing  (10/08/1989)

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