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I would like to invite you to take part in “Looking Beneath the Surface” – Human Trafficking Conference on Friday, January 26th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Kankakee Community College (KCC-100 College Dr. Kankakee, IL 60901) sponsored by KCC, Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA), and the 21st Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council. The cost to attend is $15 and includes contact hours and lunch. During this day-long conference participants will learn how to identify survivors, understand human trafficking laws and legal rights, enhance the investigation and prosecution process, referral services, and how to help our communities shed light on this issue and positively impact the life of survivors. This event is open for anyone to attend. To register please go to www.kcc.edu or call 815-802-8207.

Human trafficking is a crime hidden beneath the surface, and the first step to combating it is to identify victims so they can receive support and services. While awareness about the issue is growing, human trafficking is still a fairly new recognized crime here. Human trafficking- which uses force, fraud, or coercion to exploit someone for sex or labor, is now a $150 billion dollar industry worldwide, according to the International Labor Organization. It’s not just something happening overseas or in big cities, it’s happening in our communities and survivors need a place to turn for help and support.

For any questions on KC-CASA’s Human Trafficking Program, or to schedule training, please contact Sheri Schweizer at 815-932-7273 ext. 215. For more information please go to www.kc-casa.org.
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It’s Human Trafficking Prevention Month! Don’t forget to join us and the @BlueCampaign and @kccasa1440 by wearing blue on Thursday, January 11 to pledge your support for fighting human trafficking.

Here’s how you can participate:
1. Wear blue and share an image on social media with #WearBlueDay
2. Tell us why you wore blue with #WeWearBlueBecause
3. Share and spread the word
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January brings with it not only a start to a new year, but also the recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, where victims are exploited for sex and/or labor, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) is committed to eradicating human trafficking in our communities and strives to achieve this goal through education, legislative advocacy, and community partnerships. KC-CASA provides education and training to organizations which respond to and care for victims, as well as general awareness training to community, civic, and religious organizations. KC-CASA is also part of the Kankakee Iroquois Human Trafficking Task Force (KIHTTF) which is responsible for coordinating efforts among social service providers, law enforcement, medical personnel, and others. These community partnerships are valuable as we work together to ensure survivors of this horrific crime receive the holistic care they need.

Support Human Trafficking Awareness events throughout the month of January:
· Entire Month of January “Free the Girls” Bra Drive Collection Sites (KC-CASA 1440 W. Court Street Kankakee and ISAS 1801 N. State Rt. 1 Suite 3 Watseka)
Thursday, January 11th Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/KIHTTF/, like our page, and create awareness using hashtag #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay
Thursday, January 18th Panera Fundraiser (1694 North State Road 50, Bourbonnais 4p-8p)
Wednesday, January 24th Taco Johns Fundraiser (484 S. Kennedy Dr., Bradley 5p-7p)
Friday, January 26th Looking Beneath the Surface Training at KCC (www.kcc.edu)
Tuesday, January 30th Chipotle Fundraiser (1601 North State Road 50, Bourbonnais 5p-9p)


KC-CASA is committed to helping survivors retake control of their lives, feel safe, enjoy physical and emotional health, and realize the human rights to which they are entitled. We are able to provide a comprehensive array of services for all human trafficking victims- of both sex and labor trafficking -identified within Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties. Services are available for any survivor of human trafficking regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, or immigration status.

Enhanced training and collaboration among our task force partners as well as training for school staff members, churches and faith-based organizations, utility and cable companies, community groups, and the general public is essential in helping us increase the identification of victims of this hidden crime. We all play a vital role in ending human trafficking in our communities and taking steps to become familiar with indicators of trafficking is the first step in that process. For any questions, or to schedule a training, please contact Sheri Schweizer at 815-932-7273 ext. 215. For more information about events please go to www.kc-casa.org.

KC-CASA’s mission is to provide continuous improvement to the quality of services for survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking, to assist in their recovery, and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence and oppression. KC-CASA welcomes ALL without regard to age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation. KC-CASA 24 Hour Hotline: 815-932-3322 ISAS 24 Hour Hotline: 815-432-0420. http://ow.ly/i/BUvJq
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In the past year, the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) celebrated its 30 year anniversary. For 30 years, KC-CASA has provided advocacy, counseling, education, training, and assistance to adult and child survivors and their significant others in Kankakee and Iroquois counties.

KC-CASA partners with many community agencies to improve the response to crimes of sexual violence. This month KC-CASA would like to highlight the partnership with the Kankakee County State's Attorney’s Office. The function of the State's Attorney's office is to prosecute victims of violent crimes. These victims include victims of sexual assault, making the partnership between KC-CASA and the State's Attorney very vital to the mission of responding to the crime of sexual assault in our county.

KC-CASA provides 40-hour crisis intervention training twice a year that prepares volunteers to respond in crisis situations, including fielding calls on KC-CASA's 24-hour crisis hotline and providing support to sexual assault victims in Kankakee County's emergency rooms. In 2013, Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe completed the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training provided by KC-CASA. Jim states, "The 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training was an eye-opener; it challenged preconceived notions about why victims fail to report or delay reporting, and reaffirmed the importance of making sure that every victim knows without fail that it is 'not their fault'."

KC-CASA employs five full-time advocates that provide legal advocacy by walking with survivors throughout the police and courtroom procedures, maintaining an awareness of the status of each case, monitoring the case throughout its legal proceedings, going to court with survivors (or for those who cannot attend), and keeping survivors current on changes to their case. When asked how his working relationship with KC-CASA helps the State's Attorney do his job on regular basis, Jim expressed, "Without KC-CASA, the State's Attorney's Office would not be able to effectively prosecute those who commit sex crimes. A large part of any prosecution is cooperation and communication with the victims of the offense. In these crimes, that requires a careful approach and a level of advocacy and training that only KC-CASA can provide on a constant basis. They [KC-CASA] are a crucial partner in the quest to seek justice for victims." KC-CASA values the working relationship with the State’s Attorney’s Office as well. Natalie Ojeda states, “Jim Rowe and the State’s Attorney’s Office are very powerful advocates for victims of all violent crimes. They are the victims' voice of justice in the courtroom and hold the offenders accountable for their crimes”

There are almost 30 rape crisis centers throughout Illinois. Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KCCASA) originated in September 1987, after a Police Social Worker identified a need in the community. It was recognized that there was an increasing number of sexual assault victims coming forward, and that they had to travel 30 miles to the nearest rape crisis center for services. It is vital that organizations like KC-CASA exist and continue to grow in our community in order to fight against sexual assault in our community. Jim asserts, “When a victim of a sexual assault is unable to secure rape crisis services in their community at the exact moment they need them, the entire community becomes a victim.”
In addition to responding to the needs of those who have been sexually assaulted, efforts must be made to prevent sexual violence from occurring in the first place. Sexual violence requires shifting community norms which contribute to sexual violence, promoting the norms and behaviors that foster safe communities, and participating in efforts to advance social justice. KC-CASA provides education and professional training presentations and programs to schools, local organizations, civic groups, and religious communities. Jim reassures, “Without the community-education component such as that which we enjoy locally, the rape-culture of blame and shame would continue, creating more victims and fewer stories of survival.”

Community organizations operate best when they work together. With a strong partnership between KC-CASA and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office, Kankakee County can move towards becoming a community with less sexual assault. Jim concludes, “I cannot imagine being charged with the task of prosecuting sex assault cases without the assistance of KC-CASA, and I would not want to live in a community that does not value and recognize the need for such services. “
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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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