Willis Urges State to Prioritize Assistance to Victims of Sexual Abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is urging the state to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and prioritize assistance to individuals who need assistance and counseling after being sexually assaulted.

“As the state continues to eliminate funding for vital programs, we need to take advantage of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and refocus our priorities,” said Willis. “Oftentimes, damage caused by sexual assault continues long after the crime is committed and we need to make sure victims have the resources they need for the healing process.”

In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Many programs that treat victims of sexual assault have been severely cut due to the Governor’s refusal to address budgetary issues until his other agenda items are addressed. This has resulted in less counseling services for women who have been the victims of rape and for children who have been sexually assaulted.

“We need to make sure that we are taking the steps needed to address the severe budget issues facing our state,” said Willis. “However, we need to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable residents are receiving the services they need and deserve.”

Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.