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YWCA McLean County’s Stepping Stones program says its updated hotline number will provide quicker and more direct help to anyone who has experienced sexual assault or abuse and stalking.

Jason Barickman
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said a new law to prevent further trauma to some sexual assault victims might not be enough.

The Bloomington Republican said the YWCA in Bloomington told him several McLean County women who reported sexual assaults when they went to the hospital for treatment ended up getting arrested because they had outstanding warrants. He said the problem does not happen often, but there have been incidents statewide.

Claire speaks to the board
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The Unit 5 school board heard public comment Wednesday from a woman whose daughter was in Jonathan Hovey’s first grade class at Glenn Elementary this past school year.

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A new state law will protect victims of sexual assault from being arrested due to outstanding warrants or fines when reporting the crime.

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The author of a self-help book wants to change the conversation about sexual assault.

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Bloomington and Normal police say they continue to investigate a Bloomington man who is accused of sexually assaulting two women.

McLean County prosecutors have charged Matthew M. Price, 32, with aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault.

Normal Police said the first incident was reported on Dec. 5 involving a female victim over age 60, triggering the aggravated criminal sexual assault charge. On Dec. 10, Bloomington Police received a sexual assault complaint from a separate victim.

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Too many people are learning misconceptions about sexual assault through TV shows. That's according to members of Normal Police’s Investigative Unit.

Banner: It is not consent if they’re too afraid to say no
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Social fraternities are often in the spotlight, and not always for a good reason. There are stories of hazing, bullying, excessive alcohol consumption, and sexual violence.

A new report says Illinois lacks comprehensive guidelines when it comes to dealing with sexual misconduct cases in elementary and high schools.

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The head of Illinois State University’s Title IX program said the university is still assessing the potential impacts proposed changes for sexual assault claims on campuses could have on victims and the accused.

How Seeking Justice Retraumatizes Assault Survivors

Nov 16, 2018


Rape and sexual assault are issues that have dominated the headlines recently. The response to those stories - whether they are about Brett Kavanaugh, Bill Cosby, or #MeToo - reveals a divide among Americans on what to do when someone says they’ve been assaulted.

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Following Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the national sexual assault hotline saw a 147 percent increase in calls.

Gabe Cripe
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An advocate for sexual assault victims said the latest social media movement is changing the conversation about abuse survivors.

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The #MeToo movement has brought increased awareness of nondisclosure agreements in sexual harassment and assault cases.

Local law enforcement and prosecutors speak during a Q&A on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the Normal Theater. They premiered a new PSA focused on sexual assault victim-blaming.
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Normal Police and McLean County prosecutors are teaming up to send a clear message: Stop blaming victims of sexual assault.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Heartland Community College’s Council on Family Relations is holding its second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to encourage discussion on the issue.

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“That was my choice, just get through it.”

That statement comes from Kim Wells, domestic violence and workplace safety crusader who for decades kept the secret that she too was sexually assaulted and of at all places, where she worked.

Nude Student Photo Website Hard To Control, Prosecute

May 18, 2017
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Anonymous websites like Anon-IB that post nude photographs of women are difficult to control because the law has not kept up with the technology that makes these sites possible.

Sexual Assaults Increasingly Posted On Social Media

Apr 3, 2017
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In an incident that shocked the nation, the apparent gang rape of a 15-year-old Chicago girl was broadcast live on Facebook  last month. Dozens viewed the assault before it was taken down. No one apparently notified authorities.

The incident is part of a growing phenomenon in which assailants brazenly post video or images of sexual assaults on social media sites. 

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Donald Trump declared during Sunday’s debate that remarks about sexually groping women were – as he put it – “just words” but at Illinois State University, there is a concerted effort to change the campus culture so students, faculty and staff chose their words more carefully.

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Police in Normal and Bloomington are looking for a man they believe has committed child sexual abuse. 24-year old Deondre A. Watts is believe to have left the state for now.

Bloomington Man Convicted Of Sexual Assault

Jun 16, 2016
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A 49-year-old Bloomington man was convicted in McLean County Circuit Court of six counts of sexual assault involving a girl under the age of 13.

Christopher Hinthorn will be sentenced on August 12th, and faces between 18 and 180 years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Adam Ghrist said the case against Hinthorn began with a tip to the Department of Children and Family Service hotline in November 2014.  The abuse occurred over a seven-year period.