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sexual-assaultSexual assault, a long-time societal problem, can occur anywhere: at home, at work, on campus, in a public setting, and even in the military. Not only does sexual assault negatively impact the person affected, but also the person committing the assault. The person affected by sexual assault may suffer emotionally and physically, while the person committing the assault may face life-changing consequences.

Types of Sexual Assault and Violence

Sexual assault and violence comes in many forms, even though the emotional hardships and unwanted consequences still follow. Several types of sexual assault include, but are not limited to:


rape, prostitution, Illinois Criminal Defense AttorneyThe recent arrest of a Chicago man on charges that he sexually assaulted a prostitute has created a firestorm of controversy over what constitutes rape and the perceived rights of sex workers. The matter is beginning receive a measure of national attention, as The Huffington Post picked up the story earlier this week.

The Criminal Charges

According to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, a 29-year-old man solicited the services of prostitute he found on a website, agreeing to pay $180 for sex. When the prostitute arrived at his Austin neighborhood home, authorities say, the man raped her at gunpoint. The woman subsequently called the police and was examined at West Suburban Hospital. The man was arrested after being identified by the victim and he admitted to what he had done. He is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and is currently being held on $750,000 bail.


rape, task force, Illinois Criminal Defense AttorneyAccording to numbers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, about 80,000 forcible rapes were reported nationwide in 2013, including roughly 4,000 in the state of Illinois. However, in that same year, nearly 18,000 adults and children sought help at the state’s rape crisis and child advocacy centers. What the statistics seem to show is that most rape victims never officially report the crime, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan believes this to be a sign that the system is not working properly.

“When sexual assault goes unreported,” said Madigan, “we don’t just have a survivor whose life is damaged. We also have a situation that means that rapists will continue to be in our communities.” The Attorney General, along with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, announced the formation of a statewide task force aimed at improving sexual assault reporting and investigation. Improvements were needed, according the Attorney General, due to “critical failings” and “a systemic structural breakdown” in the way such cases are currently handled.

Among the task force’s main priorities is reducing the time required to obtain results of DNA analysis, which currently may take up to 12 months. Executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Polly Poskin said that waiting so long “can be demoralizing to the investigator,” and make it difficult for victims to remain invested in the prosecution of the case.



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