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Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault
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Each morning we wake up to more stories of sexual abuse and harassment; stories of abuses of power. These abuses of power ensue across every industry, demographic, socioeconomic class, and community, including our small-town communities here in Kankakee, Iroquois, & Ford Counties.

The Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) and Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) unfortunately must exist, because sexual assault occurs in our communities. KC-CASA and ISAS provide advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in a mission to end sexual assault and violence. Many in our communities have reached out and asked how KC-CASA & ISAS feel about the recent flood of public reports of sexual assault. Our answer is simply, “We believe you.”

Regrettably, we live in a rape culture, which means that we live in a society that has normalized and trivialized sexual assault. Our culture is quick to blame the victim; making excuses for the violent behavior based on what the victim was wearing, for example. With the influx of public sexual assault stories being told, so comes the quick responses from the public, such as, “why did she wait so long to tell,” or “she is only coming forward to receive a payout.”

Sexual assault victims often do not come forward immediately after the assault, and some never do. Living in a rape culture leads victims to feel ashamed, fearful, confused, and unsupported. Sexual assault is an abuse of power. Victims fear the consequences that may come from telling their stories. These fears lead to many sexual assault victims not receiving the services they need in the aftermath of their assault.

The recent “Me Too,” or #metoo, campaign is intended to substantiate the magnitude of the crisis of sexual assault. Hundreds of thousands of women and men have posted or been tagged in the #metoo campaign. Women and men are feeling supported, and therefore, they are gaining the courage to share their stories, and in many cases, finally reach out for the services they need to move forward in the healing process.

At KC-CASA and ISAS, we believe every sexual assault survivor we meet. False accusations, which are the topic of many discussions during this recent surge of survivors coming forward, are extremely rare. Every survivor that reaches out to KC-CASA and ISAS will be met by an advocate who is compassionate and prepared to help the survivor, so she or he may choose, start on a path to healing. KC-CASA and ISAS provide medical & legal advocacy and counseling, at no cost, to all sexual assault survivors and their non-offending significant others for as long as is needed. At KC-CASA and ISAS, we admire and praise those who have come forward with their stories. KC-CASA and ISAS are encouraged by the increased feelings of support that exists among survivors everywhere. To those who are still grieving alone, when you are ready, KC-CASA and ISAS are available to provide the services needed to begin the therapeutic and restorative process. Services are confidential, and services are always directed by the survivor. The KC-CASA office (815-932-7273) and ISAS office (815-432-2779) open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. KC-CASA’s hotline (815-932-3322) and ISAS’s hotline (815-432-6977) are available 24-hours per day, 365 days per year.

KC-CASA and ISAS are here for all those affected by sexual assault. We believe you.

Sincerely,
The Staff at Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault and Iroquois Sexual Assault Services
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Join ISAS today as we celebrate our new Watseka location from 3-6 p.m. Check out the office, located south of Walmart at 1801 N. State Route 1, Suite 3, Watseka, IL. Meet the staff, and hear more about our services while you enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer.

Please bring non-perishable food items for our Friendsgiving Food Drive in support of the Watseka Area Food Pantry. Food donations earn tickets for a chance to win raffle baskets. Hope to see you there!
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Last Chance to RSVP for KC-CASA's 30th Anniversary Celebration which will take place on Friday, November 10th with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at the Kankakee Country Club. Tickets are $50 each or reserve a table for 8 for $400.

Tickets will be available at the KC-CASA office (1440 W. Court St. Kankakee), online, and by phone through Friday, November 3rd or visit kc-casa.org/event/30th for tickets or more information.

If you would like to pay at the door please contact Shlinda with your dinner choice at 815-932-7273 ext 210 or strudeau@kc-casa.org.
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KC-CASA & ISAS are selling Carson's Community Day Coupon Booklets. Each booklet sale is only $5.00 and KC-CASA + ISAS keeps 100% of the book sales!!
Please stop by our office at 1440 W. Court St. to purchase your booklets! You can also purchase your books from staff.

The Community Day booklet is filled with great savings coupons and exclusive offers! Take advantage of: One coupon worth $10 off and 30% off on a single item.

It will take place Wednesday, November 8th through Saturday, November 11th: Bon-Ton, Elder-Beerman, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Herberger's and Younkers. Stores open early and stay open late.
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Join Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) as we celebrate our new Watseka location on Tuesday, November 14th from 3-6 p.m. Check out the office, located south of Walmart at 1801 N. State Route 1, Suite 3, Watseka, IL. Meet the staff, and hear more about our services while you enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer.
Please bring non-perishable food items for our Friendsgiving Food Drive in support of the Watseka Area Food Pantry. Food donations earn tickets for a chance to win raffle baskets. For more information go to kc-casa.org/events or call 815-432-2779.
Hope to see you there!
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KC-CASA is looking for silent auction donations for our 30th Anniversary Celebration Auction on Friday, November 10th. Feel free to be creative! Make a gift basket full of goodies with a specific theme; donate an individual item, time in a vacation home, signed memorabilia, or gift certificates for products or services. We are also seeking celebrities or experts who might volunteer their time and services - anything that would be a unique, one of a kind experience! Donations are needed no later than 11/8/17. Please help us support survivors of sexual violence. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Shlinda at strudeau@kc-casa.org or call us at 815-932-7273.
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Join Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with a charity dinner and silent auction and help support the years of service ahead. KC-CASA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Friday, November 10th with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at the Kankakee Country Club (2011 Cobb Boulevard Kankakee, IL 60901). Guests will also enjoy a large variety of silent auction items, awards, a 3-course dinner, full cash bar, and more! All proceeds raised will aid efforts to prevent sexual violence and support survivors in our community.

KC-CASA is excited to announce that the evening will feature GUEST SPEAKER ERIN MERRYN, an advocate, activist, survivor, and the force behind "Erin's Law". Erin uses that life-altering experience as a platform to advocate for fellow survivors. She is a nationally recognized speaker, advocate, and published author. Her first book "Stolen Innocence" was published before she graduated high school. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and is the force behind Erin's Law, a law that requires personal body safety taught in public schools. Erin published “Stolen Innocence” in 2004, “Living for Today” in 2009 and “An Unimaginable Act” in 2013, all memoirs. People Magazine named her one of fifteen people changing the world in 2014 along with Oprah and Hillary Clinton. She was named Glamour Magazine woman of the year in 2012. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, Today Show, and Good Morning America, among others.

Tickets are $50 each or reserve a table for 8 for $400. Tickets will be available at the KC-CASA office (1440 W. Court St. Kankakee) on Friday, October 13th or visit kc-casa.org/event/30th for tickets or more information.
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Join Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with a charity dinner and silent auction and help support the years of service ahead. KC-CASA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Friday, November 10th with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at the Kankakee Country Club (2011 Cobb Boulevard Kankakee, IL 60901).

The evening will feature GUEST SPEAKER ERIN MERRYN, an advocate, activist, survivor, and the force behind "Erin's Law". Guests will also enjoy a large variety of silent auction items, awards, a 3-course dinner, full cash bar, and more! All proceeds raised will aid efforts to prevent sexual violence and support survivors in our community.

Tickets are $50 each or reserve a table for 8 for $400. Tickets will be available at the KC-CASA office (1440 W. Court St. Kankakee) on Friday, October 13th or visit kc-casa.org/event/30th for tickets or more information. Sponsorship is a great way to promote your business or organization while assisting not-for­ profits like KCCASA + ISAS. Auction items are needed please contact Shlinda at 815-932-7273 ext 210 or strudeau@kc-casa.org to make a donation.

You can register for these events or become a sponsor of our event online at www.kc-casa.org. Call us at 815.932.7273 or email us at info@kc-casa.org with any questions. KC-CASA / ISAS serves Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford counties by providing counseling, medical advocacy, legal advocacy and a 24 hour crisis hotline— at absolutely no cost to the community.
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The Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA), and The Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS), have announced their next 40-Hour Crisis Intervention Training session for prospective volunteers, professionals, and students.

During this training, participants will enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of crisis intervention. During this comprehensive training, participants will learn: how to respond to sexual violence survivors with sensitivity and support, recognize issues influencing different types of sexual violence, understand the medical and legal rights of survivors, and apply theories of rape culture. Participants will earn a certificate in Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention. Professionals can earn 35 CEUs/CPDUs in partnership with Kankakee Community College (KCC). Fees are as follows: Professionals earning 35 CEUs/CPUs, $300; Enrolled College Students/Volunteer candidates, $75 that is refundable after 240 volunteer hours within 1 year. 240 volunteer hours can be completed in as little as 10 hotline shifts. A volunteer advocate is often the 1st point of contact for those affected by sexual violence. Help KC-CASA and ISAS provide hope and healing to survivors of sexual violence by becoming a volunteer.

The 40-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Fall training classes are held Tuesdays & Thursdays starting on Oct. 24th through Nov. 28th at 5:30pm - 9:30pm, plus one on Saturday on Oct. 28th 9am - 5pm. Training classes will take place at KC-CASA’s office located at 1440 W. Court St. in Kankakee. For more information about 40-Hour Crisis Intervention Training, please call Amy at 815-932-7273 ext. 228 or email him at astroo@kc-casa.org.
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Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) is hosting its first Painting for Prevention on Thursday, October 12th at Inside Out (226 N. Central St. Gilman, IL). Painting for Prevention is wine and canvas painting fundraiser in support of local sexual assault prevention programs. Check-in and Registration is from 5:30-6 p.m. and the event is from 6-7:30 p.m.

Participants will create a canvas piece led by local artist Craig Massey. Cost for the event is $35 per person and will include supplies, hors-d'oeuvres, and 3 wine tastings. A basket raffle will add to the fun! Space is limited. Call or email KCCASA to pre-register at 815-932-7273 ext. 210 or strudeau@kc-casa.org.

KC-CASA/ISAS’s goal is to improve the quality of services to sexual assault and abuse victims to assist in their recovery and to work toward the elimination of sexual assault and abuse in Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties. For more information about ISAS services call 815-432-2779 or go online to www.kc-casa.org.
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