On Nov. 4, Illinois voters will have the opportunity to amend the state's constitution. By voting "YES" for the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, voters will support those that have been victimized by violent crime in Illinois and require an avenue to assert their existing rights. Vote "YES" for Crime Victims' Bill of Rights on Nov. 4. 

Below Left: Megan Duesterhaus, Executive Director of Quanada, discusses the importance of voting "Yes" during a press conference Sept. 8 in Quincy. She is joined by Noelle Dupuis of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, Executive Director of Marsy's Law Illinois. Right: Staff of Quanada along with Bishop-Jenkins and Dupuis.


Rape Culture - a conversation with Kate Harding and Anne Ream
A conversation on rape culture that covered everything from rap music to Mad Men to the University of Chicago scholar Richard Posner to the role that advertising and the private sector can play in creating change.
The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) is a not-for-profit corporation of 29 community-based sexual assault crisis centers working together to end sexual violence. Each center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and their significant others. Each center presents prevention education programs in Illinois schools and communities. 

Mission Statement - History

Working aggressively to combat rape and sexual assault in all settings has been a priority for this administration. As part of these continued efforts and building on the President’s call to action in 2010, the President and Vice President are convening a meeting today, Jan. 22, of the White House Council on Women and Girls at the Cabinet level along with the council representatives from each agency in the East Room of the White House to examine the progress that has been made and to renew a call to root out abuse wherever it exists and further protect Americans from rape and sexual assault.

ICASA held its 9th Annual Moxie Awards Luncheon on May 21. ICASA was thrilled to recognize 12 prosecutors who support rape victims and strive for justice through our criminal justice system. The prosecutors honored are setting the standard for respecting the needs of survivors and the challenges of prosecution. The honorees were:

  • Michael G. Nerheim, State's Attorney, Lake County
  • Joe Bruscato, State's Attorney, Winnebago County
  • Sharon Kanter, Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County
  • Anita Alvarez, State's Attorney, Cook County
  • Adam Ghrist, Assistant State's Attorney, McLean County
  • Jason Chambers, State's Attorney, McLean County
  • Mercedes Luque-Rosales, Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County
  • Jennifer Patton, Assistant State's Attorney, McLean County
  • Bill Workman, First Assistant State's Attorney, McLean County
  • Lorinda Lamken, Special Prosecutor for the Illinois Appellate Prosecutors' Office
  • Carrie Boyd, State's Attorney, Pike County
  • John Hudspeth, State's Attorney, Clinton County
This project was supported by Grant #99-VA-GX-0017, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Points of view or opinions contained on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice, or the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
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