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Aug 14, 2017
Under previous law victims had to report crimes within 20 years after turned 18. The legislation goes into effect immediately. The law was supported by Scott Cross, a victim of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who molested students at an Illinois high school decades ago. By the time the assaults...
Aug 7, 2017
“Tonic immobility” hinders the ability to fight and is linked to high rates of depression and PTSD. Tonic immobility (TI) describes a state of involuntary paralysis in which individuals cannot move or, in many cases, even speak. In animals this reaction is considered an evolutionary adaptive defense to an attack...
Aug 4, 2017
North Lawndale will play host to the Land of Lincoln’s first step into the world of restorative justice. The Restorative Justice Community Court will host face-to-face meetings between nonviolent offenders and their victims, with a judge overseeing the proceedings, aiming at better outcomes for both sides. One of the most...
Aug 2, 2017
Illinois’ athletic department will address the issue of sexual assault at schools in a serious way few schools have been willing to: through policy. The department is drafting a proposed ban on players with a history of sexual assault or domestic violence, athletic director Josh Whitman told the Tribune on...
Jul 27, 2017
This piece of legislation is currently in front of the Illinois Senate, and testimony was presented from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on the need for...
Jul 20, 2017
Such a motion for a change of venue would mean the defense was contemplating letting a jury decide Van Dyke’s fate — a surprise given the notoriety of the case. Most Chicago police officers by far have opted to have their misconduct trials heard by a judge. It is rare...
Jul 19, 2017
The laws make dramatic changes to the statute of limitations for sexual assault and child exploitation, creates a sexual assault survivors “Bill of Rights,” and makes improvements to how rape kits are...
Jul 18, 2017
At least eight “registered sex offenders” have worked as city employees since 2003, but City Hall has no way of knowing whether they work near children or follow other legal restrictions, Inspector General Joe Ferguson concluded in a report issued Monday....
Jul 13, 2017
Secretary Betsy DeVos will meet in private with women who say they were assaulted, accused students and their families, advocates for both sides and higher education officials, the first step in a contentious effort to re-examine policies of President Barack Obama, who made expansive use of his powers to investigate...
Jul 12, 2017
Police chases in Los Angeles County are “causing unnecessary bystander injuries and deaths” and law enforcement officers need better training to reduce the risk of crashes during high-speed pursuits, according to a new report by the county’s civil grand jury. The report comes after a data analysis by the Los...