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Join the movement and make a big impact in on our community's mental health this Tuesday, November 30th! Your donation to United Way of Greater McHenry County will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $7000 thanks to Associated Electrical Contractors, LLC & Home State Bank / N.A.! Our United Way is proud to help support the following local nonprofits that run essential programs for our mental health and wellbeing 👉 Association for Individual Development, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford, NAMI McHenry County, Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault, Pioneer Center for Human Services, Rosecrance, Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs & Turning Point, Inc.!
Evanston City Council releases apology letter in response to allegations of misconduct by Evanston lakefront staff.
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At Monday's Evanston City Council meeting, Mayor Daniel Biss read an apology letter written to City of Evanston staff, parents, caregivers and residents. The letter was prepared and read on behalf of Evanston City Council members in response to the allegations of misconduct by Evanston lakefront staff earlier this year--and after weeks of intensive activism by , a group started by Evanston resident Betsy Wilson, to demand an apology by the City to the victims.

APOLOGY LETTER

Dear current and former City of Evanston staff, parents and caregivers, and Evanston residents,

Thank you to all the brave community members and employees who stepped forward to share your experiences with sexual harassment while employed by the City of Evanston. We believe your statements and we are committed to preventing the sexism, sexual harassment, assault, racism, and discrimination you experienced.

We apologize for a workplace culture that allowed sexual harassment to occur, and we’re sorry that you had to experience oppressive, uncomfortable, and dangerous behavior. We apologize to your families, friends, and the community of Evanston, both for the harm City staff and policies allowed to happen and for our delay in issuing this apology. When you showed the courage to come forward, you were not treated with the prompt compassion and respect you deserved.

As these incidents have come to our attention, residents understandably have lost some faith in the ability of their government officials to handle delicate and serious situations. We take responsibility for this situation and will do everything in our power to right these wrongs. Moving forward we must do better.

We have begun by implementing mandatory sexual harassment training for seasonal staff and will expand this to include participants and employers in the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. We have also commissioned an independent investigation which will help determine what actions and inactions led to this harm so we can take additional corrective measures. We will share the outcome of this investigation while protecting the identities of those who have experienced harm.

We are grateful to the organizations offering specialized resources for anyone who experienced harm and encourage any current or former employees in need of support to reach out to the contacts below.

It is our goal that the entire City of Evanston should be a welcoming environment for everyone, employees and residents alike. The City has fallen short of our expectations and we are grateful for the courage of those of you who persisted in seeking accountability and transparency. Thank you for speaking out.

The Evanston city government must, beyond everything else, keep our community safe, and we are committed to doing just that.

Signed,

Councilmember Clare Kelly, Evanston's First Ward
Councilmember 2nd Ward Ald. Peter Braithwaite
Councilmember Melissa Wynne for Evanston, 3
Councilmember Jonathan4Evanston, 4
Councilmember Bobby Burns for 5
Councilmember Thomas M. Suffredin, 6th Ward Alderman, Evanston IL
Councilmember Eleanor Revelle for 7th Ward Evanston
Councilmember Reidfor8
Councilmember Cicely L. Fleming, 9th Ward Alderwoman
Mayor Daniel Biss

The letter also provided a list of organizations that support victims of sexual harassment and assault at no cost:

Counseling Services: Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (www.nwcasa.org)
Contact: Caryn Brauweiler, 847-806-6526 x180, or hotline: 888-802-8890

Legal Services: Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (www.caase.org)
Contact: Kaethe Morris Hoffer, 773-244-2230 x202, [email protected]

To report instances of sexual harassment at Evanston’s lakefront or within the City of Evanston please contact the independent investigators:

Salvatore, Prescott, Porter & Porter, 312-283-5711, Katie Hill, [email protected]

The City of Evanston has retained the services of an outside law firm to conduct an independent, thorough and impartial investigation of all matters related to these reported allegations of misconduct by lakefront staff.

All inquiries and information related to this investigation should be directed to Salvatore, Prescott, Porter & Porter by calling 312-283-5711 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected].
Good morning! We want to introduce you to one of the members of our CPYD coalition, Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (NWCASA)!

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault is a local non for profit agency providing free services to survivors of sexual violence and their families in the North/Northwest suburbs of Cook and McHenry County. Northwest CASA has bilingual, trauma-informed therapy, prevention education programming in local schools about sexual abuse, gender-based violence, and consent, youth-led activism opportunities, legal and medical advocacy, as well as a confidential 24/7/365 hotline (888-802-8890). Any person, any gender, any age can receive services from Northwest CASA no matter how long ago someone's sexual violence occurred.

Please reach out if you are in need of services, are interested in volunteering on the hotline (see flyer) or in another capacity, or would like educational presentations to your group, club, institution, or workplace. If you're not sure if you can get involved just yet, we encourage you to come out to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraising event in October to help support those who have been harmed and take a walk to raise awareness about gender-based violence in our communities (See flyer).

Want to learn more about our coalition? Join us at our next meeting! Save the date - September 22nd! We will share more details about it as the date approaches.

Last Friday, Governor Pritzker signed legislation directing that all "all middle school, high school, and public university student IDs will feature the numbers for crisis hotlines"! This is excellent news for our community's youth, who have become more susceptible to suicidal ideations and other mental health challenges due to the isolation and stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal ideations or a mental health challenge, PLEASE DON'T WAIT to reach out to a mental health provider, one of our funded agencies, or your local emergency room. Stay safe and well!

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault
Kenneth Young Center
Leyden Family Service & The SHARE Program
Life Span
Staff from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault and ICASA met with State Representative Tom Weber and staff from Rep. Martin Moylan’s office this morning to discuss legislation impacting sexual assault victims in Illinois.
ICYMI: Earlier this month, I hosted a town hall with Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County, Life Span, and Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault to raise awareness about sexual assault for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Watch below. 👇
Tonight, join Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault for a virtual candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. to honor those in our community impacted by sexual violence and stand in hope with survivors.

Register at https://bit.ly/32XacQI.
REMINDER: Our Sexual Assault Awareness Town Hall with Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault, Life Span, and the Children’s Advocacy Center is tomorrow.

Watch it live on Facebook at noon: https://bit.ly/2R9eTV3
The month of April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

It can be difficult to know how to find support if you, a family member, or friend has been impacted by sexual assault. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Hotlines take many calls from survivors and concerned friends and family who do not know what to do. You are not alone.

A few local and national resources ready to help you are:

Northwest CASA at the Civic Center
2100 Ridge Ave., G-100 & G-102
Evanston, IL 60201
24-hour hotline: 888-802-8890
Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
4232 Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
24-hour hotline: 847-872-7799
zcenter.org

Resilience Chicago
24-hour hotline: 888-293-2080
ourresilience.org

Between Friends Chicago
24-hour hotline: 800-603-4357
betweenfriendschicago.org

YWCA Evanston
847-864-8445
ywca-ens.org/violenceprevention

RAINN (R**e, Abuse, In**st National Network)
24-hour hotline: 1-800-656-4673
rainn.org

NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)
nsvrc.org
It's OK not be to be OK. Especially now. Looking for mental health support for you or someone you know? Staff at these organizations are trained to support people who have experienced trauma and provide culturally sensitive services for Black and Latinx people.

Call the AMITA St. Francis’ Crisis Line 708-681-4357, National Su***de Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255, or The Living Room at Turning Point 847-933-9202. Please share this important info!

Access Community Health Network
AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital Evanston
Impact Behavioral Health Partners
Metropolitan Family Services
Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault
The Family Institute at Northwestern University
Peer-Services
Erie Family Health Centers

24 Hour Hotline (888) 802-8990
We provide free, specialized professional services to support survivo If you are in crisis, please call our 24 hour hotline at (888) 802-8890.

For information about our services or to make a donation, please contact our office at (847) 806-6526 or visit our website www.nwcasa.org.

Operating as usual

10/30/2022

Sign up today for our Pumpkin Dash 5k! Links below:

To sign up to participate in our 5K, please register here https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/ElkGroveVillage/NorthwestCASAPumpkinDash5k

To become a sponsor, please register here: https://secure.givelively.org/event/northwest-center-against-sexual-assault/northwest-casa-pumpkin-dash-5k-sponsors

To donate to our 5K event, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/ElkGroveVillage/NorthwestCASAPumpkinDash5k

To learn more about our agency, please visit nwcasa.org! Want to volunteer? Email Janisa at [email protected].

10/30/2022

Register today to receive a t-shirt!

We're so excited to have the tenacious Kenyette Tisha Barnes kick-off our 5K in 2 short weeks. Register before Halloween to assure you receive a t-shirt!

Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 10/30/2022

Just a reminder during Halloween weekend.. Consent is ALWAYS important and required. Halloween costumes DO NOT equal consent. And always, don’t forget your consent fries this Halloween!

If you need any support during this Halloween weekend, we are always here on our 24/7 Confidential Crisis Hotline: 888-802-8890

10/28/2022

We're so excited to have the tenacious Kenyette Tisha Barnes kick-off our 5K in 2 short weeks. Register before Halloween to assure you receive a t-shirt!

Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 10/25/2022

🚨ATTENTION🚨 We are hosting our next virtual 40 Hour Crisis Intervention Training this December!

We are building a collective and looking for the right individuals to join our powerful Volunteer team as an Advocacy Volunteer. Volunteers answer our 24/7 crisis intervention hotline and respond to our hospital Emergency Room partners to provide support to survivors.

Ready to apply and join our next 40 Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention training program? Link to complete our application is in our bio
Along with submitting your application, please email your resume over to Kaila, at [email protected]

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to Kaila via email.

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10/13/2022

Self-care, self-care, self-care- a practice we hear so often about, but what is self-care really? For one individual, it can be putting on a face mask and watching a favorite TV show. For another individual, it can be spending time with a close friend. Self-care is different for everyone. It is a time to recharge and experience joy. What are ways you practice self-care? Comment below!

10/07/2022

Why did the pumpkin take a detour?
To avoid a seedy part of town!

We won't blame you if you take a small detour to get to the pumpkin treats at the finish line!
Grab your 5k tickets today!

10/07/2022

Applications are now open for Cook County’s Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot! To apply for this no-strings-attached $500 monthly payments for two years go to: www.engagecookcounty.com/promise.

10/04/2022

Sexual violence can come in many different forms, here is a definition to keep in mind. Contact our 24/7, free crisis hotline at 888-802-8890 if you have any concerns or questions.

09/27/2022

Sponsor our Pumpkin Dash 5k this November and be a part of an amazing cause! Check out our sponsorship levels here: https://secure.givelively.org/event/northwest-center-against-sexual-assault/northwest-casa-pumpkin-dash-5k-sponsors

09/23/2022
09/23/2022

Our confidential hotline is open 24/7.
We are always here for you.

09/19/2022
09/15/2022

We cannot wait to watch the reimagining of The Little Mermaid and to witness Halle Bailey as Ariel. We love a Black mermaid with red hair!

09/14/2022

Sign up today for our Pumpkin Dash 5k! Links below:

To sign up to participate in our 5K, please register here https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/ElkGroveVillage/NorthwestCASAPumpkinDash5k

To become a sponsor, please register here: https://secure.givelively.org/event/northwest-center-against-sexual-assault/northwest-casa-pumpkin-dash-5k-sponsors

To donate to our 5K event, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/ElkGroveVillage/NorthwestCASAPumpkinDash5k

To learn more about our agency, please visit nwcasa.org! Want to volunteer? Email Janisa at [email protected].

09/09/2022
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09/05/2022
08/27/2022

We are so pumpkin excited to announce NWCASA’s first annual Pumpkin Dash 5K/walk! Come join us as we raise awareness against sexual violence and funds to support our free services to survivors. Enjoy pumpkin treats as you cross the finish line with friends and family. Life is gourd over here! Get your tickets today: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/ElkGroveVillage/NorthwestCASAPumpkinDash5k

08/19/2022

With 24 women suing Cleveland’s Quarterback Deshaun Watson, the NFL has come to a long-awaited decision over what is now known as the “most high-profile tests of the league’s personal conduct policy.” Deshaun Watson will be suspended for 11 games and pay a $5 million fine 18 months after being traded to the Browns for a whopping $230 million. The NFL continues to put revenue above what is morally right by not expelling players who have, allegedly, perpetrated sexual violence against any human being. This system of rewarding violence against women is a constant reminder to survivors that they have little protection in a culture that supports profit over people. Stand with us to boycott the NFL and any organization that places monetary value over what is right.

07/17/2022

Today is a historical day for su***de prevention and mental health in the U.S.! The National Su***de Prevention Lifeline, now known as the 988 Su***de & Crisis Lifeline, can be more easily reached by calling or texting 988, or chatting on 988lifeline.org.

988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the U.S., you can easily access 24/7 emotional support. You do not have to be suicidal to reach out. Our trained crisis counselors can help you through whatever mental health challenges you are experiencing.

We're so grateful to SAMHSA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Communications Commission, and our other su***de prevention and mental health partners in the field for working together to get us here, and we look forward to growing and expanding our services and supports in the years to come.

06/09/2022

Passionate about helping Survivors and ending sexual violence were you live? We are actively seeking the right individual to join our team! Reach out and let's have a conversation!

Photos from Governor JB Pritzker's post 06/06/2022

Celebration Time! It's a win for Survivors!

Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 06/06/2022

🚨ATTENTION🚨 We are hosting our next virtual 40 Hour Crisis Intervention Training!

We are building a collective and looking for the right individuals to join our powerful Volunteer team as an Advocacy Volunteer. Volunteers answer our 24/7 crisis intervention hotline and respond to our hospital Emergency Room partners to provide support to survivors.

Ready to apply and join our next 40 Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention training program? Link to complete our application is in our bio
Along with submitting your application, please email your resume over to Kaila, at [email protected]

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to Kaila via email.

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Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 06/03/2022

NWCASA staff were able to gather and learn incredible information from staff today on the signs of overdose and how to administer the life saving drug of Narcan.

Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 06/03/2022

We are so grateful to everyone who participated, donated, supported & joined us for Casino Night 2022! It was our first time back in person since the pandemic and the community rallied to support Survivors! We can’t do this work without you!

Casino Night 2022 by Northwest CASA 05/27/2022

Casino Night 2022 by Northwest CASA

Are you free next Thursday? We'd love to see you in Schaumburg at our Casino Night! Click the link below to register!

Casino Night 2022 by Northwest CASA Join Northwest CASA for our annual night out to support Survivors of sexual harm with an evening of casino game entertainment, food, drinks, raffles, silent auction, &...

Photos from McHenry County Mental Health Board's post 05/03/2022

Our staff from our CARE Center satellite office in McHenry will be attending! Stop by if you have any questions about CARE Center services.

05/03/2022

Stop by our table today at Schaumburg Township Minds Matter event! Our Volunteer Advocates will be there 4pm-7pm to talk about Northwest CASA services and volunteer opportunities!

Come fight with us!

04/29/2022

Did you know Northwest CASA has a satellite office at the Heartwood Center for Body Mind Spirit? Join them this Saturday for their spring event: “Planting Seeds of Health & Hope:Emerging Strong from COVID”

See you this Saturday at our Spring Event! 11am-1pm in the Skylight Room: https://www.heartwoodcenter.com/spring-event/

04/28/2022

2,4,6,8 No More Violence! No More R**e!

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Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 04/27/2022

It’s and NWCASA staff showed up to support survivors by wearing denim! Your clothes do not mean consent!

“Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a r**e conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who r**ed her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, what started as a local campaign to bring awareness to victim blaming and destructive myths that surround sexual violence has grown into a movement.”
Source: https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim

04/27/2022

is coming to a close this week but you can support Survivors all year long! We would love to see you in June at our Casino Night! Register today to save your spot!

https://secure.givelively.org/event/northwest-center-against-sexual-assault/casino-night-2022

Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 04/26/2022

Thank you to McHenry County College and the for hosting our Advocacy team for SAAM! Kaila, Medical Legal Advocate, provided information about legal advocacy and reporting options on Monday and Allyson, Director of Advocacy Services, spoke today about medical advocacy and evidence collection. The clothesline project is also set up for folks to view in CoLab A! 👚

We can’t wait to see you at the march on Thursday at 6:30pm! 🌙

04/23/2022

DAY 22 OF 30. What better way to launch tik tok by starting off with SAAM posts??!!! 💙💛 Follow us on tik tok: @ nwcasa.

Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 04/22/2022

Join our Advocacy team at McHenry County College next week for their Take Back the Night Events! Our staff will be there to provide information about reporting options, the legal system, evidence collection and provide support during the clothesline project.

Stop by and see us in CoLab A!

Photos from Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault's post 04/22/2022

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week & Month! We are so grateful and thankful for our dedicated team of volunteers. This past year NWCASA volunteers showed their commitment and passion to supporting survivors by continuing to answers calls during the pandemic. We could absolutely not do this work without our fabulous team and are more than appreciative of their continued support. Thank you volunteers! 💐💖🙏🏼

Are you feeling inspired to get involved and support survivors this ? Join our team as a Volunteer Advocate!

Our next virtual 40 Hour Crisis Intervention Training via ZOOM will be held this Summer. Training provides an overview of r**e culture, the anti-r**e movement and a foundational knowledge of crisis intervention and hospital advocacy. Completion of the training includes a certificate that can be used at any ICASA (Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault) affiliated r**e crisis center. Training is free for potential volunteers.

Training topics include:
R**e Culture
Women’s History
Crisis Intervention with Adults
Crisis Intervention with Children
Medical Advocacy
Legal Advocacy
And more!

*Advocates needed in both McHenry County and North/Northwest Cook County!*

For more information contact Allyson Gluth, Director of Advocacy Services, at [email protected] or 847-806-6526 x 190.

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04/01/2022

Calling all activists. It’s officially Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Show your support for Survivors by painting the town teal. You can print out your own ribbon from our website (events) or pick one up from our Arlington Heights office.

Don’t forget to take a pic and tag us in your postings!

Photos from Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault's post 03/21/2022

Photos from Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault's post

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault 03/17/2022

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

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Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) is a unified network of r**e crisis centers, envisioning a world in which no one perpetrates sexual violence.

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