Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program
Bureau of Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

Victims of sexual assault, their families and friends. This includes adult survivors of child sexual abuse as well as survivors of recent assaults. Services are available regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, income, disability or sexual orientation.

Purpose

To reduce the incidence of rape and other forms of sexual assault and ensure that survivors of sexual assault have access to quality emergency medical care, crisis support, medical and legal advocacy and counseling services for themselves, families and friends.

Services

Free crisis services are available 24 hours per day. Services include 24-hour hotline; 24-hour response to victims at hospital emergency rooms and police stations; assistance with follow-up medical care and criminal justice procedures, advocacy for victims and counseling for victims, their families and friends.

The rape crisis centers conduct training and prevention programs for local schools, law enforcement, hospitals and civic groups.

Delivery Method

The Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention funds the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which consists of 33 sexual assault crisis centers and satellite offices located throughout the state.

Program Data

SFY05 SFY06 SFY07 SFY08
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $5,869.9 $5,959.9 $6,124.3 $6,228.1
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1
Number Served 20,108 20,688 19,351 19,797

Program Effectiveness

  • In FY2008 a total of 9,043 adult, adolescent and child survivors of sexual assault, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment and 994 significant others were served by the sexual assault crisis centers of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • In addition, 9,760 anonymous contacts received support and assistance through the centers' hotlines.
  • Victims and their significant others received 25,002.75 hours of advocacy services and 64,736 hours of counseling.