In This Issue
Sounding the Alarm on Sexual Assault
Ways You Can Assist a Victim
Denim Day - Peace Over Violence
Child Abuse Prevention
Victim Services Collaborates with WIU
Victim Services Activities
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Child Abuse Prevention

As we recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is also important to note April 30 is National SpankOut Day.

SpankOut Day USA was initiated in 1998 to give widespread attention to the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote non-violent ways of teaching children appropriate behavior.  Read more...


Victim Services
Collaborates With
Western IL University

Victim Services, Western Illinois University's (WIU) Women's Center, along with several other groups on campus and in the community are anxiously awaiting word from the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women whether WIU has received a grant for reducing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on the Macomb campus.   Read more...


April 1
Operation Law Enforcement

Macomb Police Department
8:45 am

April 15
Hands Around the Courthouse
Carthage Courthouse/Noon

April 16
Hands Around the Courthouse
Monmouth Courthouse/Noon

April 19
Clothesline Exhibit
Carl Sandburg College, Monmouth
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

April 20
Day of Action

April 21
Denim Day
(See article)

April 22
Hands Around the Courthouse
Macomb Courthouse/Noon

April 23
Clothesline Exhibit
Western Illinois University, Macomb
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

May 14
Rock Against Rape
The Forum, Macomb
9:00 pm
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..."much like a fire, ensuring safety and ending sexual assault is everyone's business."

Last month, there was a large fire on Macomb's downtown square. The Macomb Fire Department received a report from employees in an adjacent building who were alerted by a fire alarm and saw smoke. The fire department arrived, and although the building was destroyed, the early actions of the employees most likely prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the businesses on the block.   Read more...

 Hands 1
You do not have to feel helpless when is comes to
assisting a victim or even in preventing a sexual

-Talk with family, friends, and co-workers about sexual/domestic 
 violence having no place in our community.

   -Historically, these issues have been taboo; discussing them 
    helps remove the stigma.  

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Denim Day is an Outward Stand Against Sexual Assault

In 1992, an 18-year old girl in Italy was raped by her 45-year old driving instructor. He took her to an isolated road, pulled her out of the car, removed one of her legs from her jeans and forcefully raped her. Threatened with death if she told anyone, he made her drive the car home. Later that night she told her parents, and they helped and supported her in pressing charges. The perpetrator was arrested,  prosecuted, convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.   Read more...

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 (Domestic Violence)
(309) 836-2148 (Sexual Assault)
24-Hour Crisis Line (309) 837-5555