In her January Human Trafficking Heroes Spotlight, Senator McConnaughay honors the great work of the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA).
The mission of the KC-CASA is “to improve the quality of services for survivors of sexual assault, to assist in their recovery and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence.”
From the KC-CASA:
“In an effort to fulfill this mission, the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault provides public education and professional training in the area of sexual assault, counseling and psychological support to adult and child survivors and their significant others, assistance throughout the medical and criminal justice process, 24-hour telephone and in-person response, and partnership with community agencies to improve response to crimes of sexual violence.
KCCASA + ISAS seek to raise awareness about sexual violence in our community. We recognize that this can be a taboo and difficult topic, but one that needs to be addressed. KCCASA + ISAS provide free presentations and programs to schools, local organizations, civic groups, and religious communities. Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of the target audience.
Sexual Assault is a difficult topic – but it is a reality. Some professionals encounter it more frequently in their line of work but do not always feel comfortable with handling the topic when it comes up. At KCCASA + ISAS, we believe that education helps equip professionals to handle issues related to sexual assault in a way that supports victims and their rights.
Parents often avoid talking about sexual abuse with their children. We recognize that it is not the easiest thing to discuss, but, like many of the conversations parents should be having with their children, it can help keep your children safe! If you want to learn more about what parents can do to combat sexual violence, KCCASA + ISAS are happy to help. We frequently present to parent groups on a number of topics.
KCCASA + ISAS strive to support the community that we serve by being active in it. By reaching out into the community, we encourage public awareness of KCCASA + ISAS’s services and connect with people who previously did not know where to find help. You will spot us all over the county at events, fairs, meetings, and conferences. And when you do, please come say hello and learn a little more about us!”