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Marital Rape: An Unspoken Reality
Mock Marital Rape Trial
Victim Services' Volunteers
Victim Services 411
Victim Services' Volunteers

Being proactive in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault

Victim Services' volunteers make it possible to help those who find it difficult to advocate on their own behalf.  Many receive 80 hours of training in crisis intervention for sexual assault and domestic violence.  After receiving certification, they answer hotline calls outside of regular business hours; help shelter individuals; and go to the hospital with victims whenever someone needs medical attention.  Often they are the first contact a survivor has following an assault and their response sets the tone for empowering  and helping the client find strength during difficult times.  Without the ever-ready assistance from volunteers, Victim Services would not have the ability to keep the hotline open 24 hours a day.  Read more...


Victim Services will provide information tables throughout its four county service area during the month of October.

If you see a Victim Services display in any of the following locations, please stop by and familiarize yourself with the assistance
Victim Services can provide and the issues it is dedicated to.

October 2
Fisher Foods
Oquawka 1-3 pm
Country Fun Bowling
Biggsville 4-6 pm 



Thurs., October 8
Call WIU Women's Center for
details - (309) 298-2242

Mock Jury Trial
Thurs., October 22 - 7:00 PM
McDonough Co. Courthouse
Courtroom 201 in Macomb

Wed., October 28 - 7:00 PM
Warren Co Courthouse
301 Courtroom A in Monmouth

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Marital Rape: An Unspoken Reality
Domestic Violence and Rape

It is estimated that over seven million women have been raped by their intimate partners.

Seldom do we hear the stories of sexual violence when a victim of domestic battery first comes for help.  It is more usual for the victim to talk about the name calling, the put-downs, the threats, pushes, hits, and punches long before we hear things like, "He would force me to have sex with him after he beat me.  He called it 'make-up sex.'  I guess that was his way of making the abuse go away."  Or, "He told me I didn't have the right to say no.  I'd married him and that meant I had to do anything, anytime, and any place he wanted me to, including sex."  Yet, both of these women who told about the emotional and physical abuse very early on, finally told of the sexual violence in their marriages.  Others have told about being forced to perform sexual acts with other individuals brought to the marriage bed, about pictures and videos made of the acts and then threatened with showing them to family,  and even being told "If you don't have sex with me, I'll go get your daughter."  Read more...

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Mock Marital Rape Trial Explores

Domestic Violence Myths

Victim Services is proud to announce two performances of its first Domestic Violence Mock Trial.  Performances will be presented on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm at the McDonough County Courthouse in Macomb and Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm at the Warren County Courthouse in Monmouth.

The trial, one of several events planned as part of October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is designed to bring awareness and education about domestic violence issues to the forefront.  The trial focuses on marital rape, and is designed to help audience members unlearn domestic violence myths.

Facts and scenarios will be presented by various characters in the legal system.  Ultimately, the trial's jury, consisting of audience members, will make the final judgment of guilt or innocence of the accused.  It is Victim Services' hope that, although the trial is severely abbreviated, it will give the community a realistic picture of what the courtroom experience can be like for victims of domestic violence.  Immediately after the verdict, there will be a short discussion about the issues presented. 

Following the discussion, Victim Services will be hosting a Candlelight Vigil to honor those victims living with violence, escaping violence, and those who have lost their lives due to domestic violence. 

All are welcome to attend this event!  The Mock Trial can be a
valuable experience and opportunity to show support for efforts to end domestic violence.  If you have any questions regarding the trial or other events held during this month, contact Victim Services at (309) 837-6622.
WIRC-CAA Victim Services

The Victim Services Program provides free and confidential services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough and Warren counties.

WIRC-CAA Victim Services
P. O. Box 157
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 837-6622
24-Hour Crisis Line (309) 837-5555