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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.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

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
Nicholas Foley

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.

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.

Gabe speaks to crowd
Mary Cullen / WGLT

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.

In the wake of the #metoo movement and the spotlight on assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, more states — including Illinois — are rethinking how sex education should be taught in public schools. 

Facebook / YWCA McLean County

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.