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In This Issue
Activity Calendar
Hands Around the Courthouse
Sexual Assault Mock Trial
Someone You Know Needs Victim Services
It's Time to Talk About It!
Rock Against Rape
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Denim Day


Don't miss the many events Victim Services is sponsoring during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and then, TALK ABOUT IT!

Saturday, April 7
Rock Against Rape 
American Legion Post 6
221 E. Washington St.
Macomb - 4:00-11:00 pm
$5 cover charge

Thursday, April 12

Hands Around
the Courthouse

McDonough Co. Courthouse
Macomb - Noon

Thursday, April 19
Sexual Assault
Mock Trial

McDonough Co. Courthouse
Room 201 - 7:00 pm

Friday, April 20
Clothesline Project
Western Illinois University
Multicultural Center
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 21
Walk a Mile
Sponsored by Men Advocating Non-Violence (M.A.N. group)
Monday, April 23
Clothesline Project
Carl Sandburg College
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday, April 25
Sexual Assault
Mock Trial

Warren Co. Courthouse
Room 301 - 7:00 pm

Friday, April 27
Denim Day
Wear denim and say "No" to
sexual violence.

For more information on any of the above events, call
(309) 837-6622

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Someone You Know Needs
Victim Services

Prior to moving to the Macomb area in 1997, I lived in the greater Kansas City area. In the mid 1970s, a close friend recommended I check out a new organization in town. It was called MOCSA, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. My friend was an assistant prosecutor and on the agency's board of directors.   She felt I would be a good fit for them as they were looking for volunteers. I was planning on graduate school and told her maybe when that was completed I'd think about it. At her continued urging, I eventually volunteered for them, beginning in 1981 and continued for 11 years.



One of the "tags" MOCSA uses is "someone you know needs MOCSA." Well, I'm saying the same thing about this program. Someone you know needs Victim Services. Since its beginnings in 1986 as a domestic violence walk-in program and subsequently adding a sexual assault component in 1991, Victim Services provides advocacy, counseling and support to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, adult sexual assault, adult survivors of child sexual assault, child victims and their families, and others touched by interpersonal violence. Victim Services has increased its outreach, awareness, prevention, education and professional training programs, focusing on children, youth, young adults, community groups, and allied professionals. Read more... 


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 talk about it   

It's time to talk about "It". What is this "It"? Sex, and all that surrounds sex, not just the physical aspect of it or the terms and facts we all learn in junior high health class, but the rest of the story -- healthy sexuality, consent, respect and,
of course, sexual abuse and assault. As a society, we are bombarded from early on with messages about our bodies, sex and sexuality from music, TV, movies, the internet, our peers and our families. Ironically though, as much as we see and hear through all of these mediums, it still makes many of us uncomfortable to talk about "It". Today, let's stop eluding to, hinting at and whispering about "It". Let's talk about it, as parents, teachers, community members, men and women let's talk...openly.  Read more...






Sign up for a Bags Tournament!  Team fee is $40. 
Call (309) 837-6622 to register.  Registration deadline

is Friday, April 6.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month - Be Ever Vigilant

As April brings another Child Abuse Prevention Month, we are again reminded of the importance of remaining vigilant in our quest to keep children safe from the violence that affects them and our communities. Read more...  

 Denim Day

When Wearing Denim Can Be More
than a Fashion Statement

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year WIRC-CAA Victim Services is participating in the Annual Peace over Violence Denim Day. The purpose of Denim Day is to:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge about sexual violence in McDonough County.
  • Make it possible for more survivors of sexual assault to reach out and find help.
  • Promote prevention through education so that sexual violence doesn't occur in the first place.
  • Encourage institutional and societal change.
  • Help raise funds to support WIRC-CAA Victim Services.

In 1992, an 18-year old girl in Italy was picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He took her to an isolated road, pulled her out of the car, wrestled her out of one leg of 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 got arrested and was prosecuted. He was 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