BEYOND WORDS

Join our Community Advisory Council on Sunday, April 2 at The Public House Theatre for BEYOND WORDS. This reception will honor survivors of child sexual abuse, and together we’ll enjoy poetry reading, live music and light refreshments. Attendees who are impacted by child sexual abuse are invited to decorate a t-shirt to hang in our interactive exhibit, which will also feature children’s art. View complete information and RSVP here.

ChicagoCAC Beyond Words - April 2

Join our Community Advisory Council on Sunday, April 2 at The Public House Theatre for BEYOND WORDS. This reception will honor survivors of child sexual abuse, and together we’ll enjoy poetry reading, live music and light refreshments. Attendees… Read More

“We’re against ‘No, Run and Tell!” And Here’s Why”

“When ‘stranger danger’ awareness became popular, the concept of teaching children to shout ‘no!’ run away, and tell someone was the mantra for prevention advocates… So why doesn’t it necessarily work to help protect kids from sexual abuse?”… Read More

Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017 Trainings

Have you registered for our Child Abuse Prevention Month trainings? We’re hosting four trainings – including two brand new trainings –to equip professionals, parents and other caregivers to prevent child sexual abuse, recognize warning signs and help children who need it. View complete details here. 

ChicagoCAC Education Outreach and Prevention

Have you registered for our Child Abuse Prevention Month trainings? We’re hosting four trainings – including two brand new trainings –to equip professionals, parents and other caregivers to prevent child sexual abuse, recognize warning signs and help children who… Read More

Advocacy Action: Statute of Limitations

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There is currently a bill in the Illinois legislature, SB189, that would remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, ensuring that time never runs out for victims of abuse to seek justice – and helping protect our community from known perpetrators. We need your help to ensure it passes! 

This bill has passed the Illinois Senate and is now in the Illinois House for review. Contact your representative now to ask them to sponsor the bill and commit to passing it, or to thank them for doing so! Your support will help give a voice to victims of child sexual abuse in Chicago and throughout the state! 

For additional information, see ChicagoCAC’s position statement on the statute of limitations.

Contact Your Representative

  1. Find your state representative’s contact information here.
  2. Determine whether your representative sponsors the bill by viewing the sponsors at the top of this page.
  3. Contact your representative to thank them for sponsoring OR to ask them to do so.

If your representative sponsors the bill

Click the button below to send them our template email thanking them for their support and encouraging their collaboration with colleagues to get this legislation passed. Be sure to add in their name in the “dear” field, and fill in your mailing address at the bottom.

Having trouble? Download this Word document to copy/paste the sample emails.

If your representative does NOT sponsor the bill

Click the button below to send them our template email asking them to make victims of child sexual abuse a priority. Be sure to add in their names in the “dear” field, and fill in your mailing address at the bottom.

Having trouble? Download this Word document to copy/paste the sample emails.

Or call your legislators using this script:

I’m [YOUR NAME], a constituent of [REPRESENTATIVE]. I am calling to ask [REPRESENTATIVE] to support Senate Bill 189, which would remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. As a constituent, I am passionate about ensuring that the 1 in 10 children who are victims of sexual abuse have the opportunity to seek justice – no matter when they come forward. I urge [REPRESENTATIVE] to work with colleagues to pass this important legislation. Thank you.


Get ChicagoCAC’s advocacy actions right to your inbox by subscribing to our alerts. Visit our signup page and check the “Advocacy” box.


Thank you for helping ensure victims of child sexual abuse can seek justice! Please help us spread the word by sharing this page with your networks! 

Questions? Contact Melissa Siemasz: (312) 492-3760 or MSiemasz@ChicagoCAC.org

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There is currently a bill in the Illinois legislature, SB189, that would remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, ensuring that time never runs out for victims of abuse to seek justice – and helping protect… Read More

New Training: Sexually Problematic Behavior in Youth

Register for our new training: Changing Our Understanding of Children and Youth with Sexually Problematic Behavior on Monday, April 10. Join Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator Ryan Breen, LCPC, MISA I, CCTP, to learn about sexual behavior in the context of a developmental continuum and how to identify problematic behaviors in young people. Registration is $20 and includes 2.0 CE credits for counselors, social workers and psychologists.

ChicagoCAC COUoYSPB Training - April 10

Register for our new training: Changing Our Understanding of Children and Youth with Sexually Problematic Behavior on Monday, April 10. Join Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator Ryan Breen, LCPC, MISA I, CCTP, to learn about sexual behavior in the context… Read More

We join with others across our country today in recognizing A Day without Immigrants. At ChicagoCAC, we do everything in our power to ensure that there are no barriers to reporting abuse and accessing our healing services –… Read More

We join with others across our country today in recognizing A Day without Immigrants. At ChicagoCAC, we do everything in our power to ensure that there are no barriers to reporting abuse and accessing our healing services –… Read More

Beyond Words 2017

Join ChicagoCAC’s Community Advisory Council in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with BEYOND WORDS, a reception honoring survivors of child sexual abuse. We will enjoy live music, a poetry reading and light refreshments. Guests are invited to decorate a t-shirt as part of our interactive art display. Learn more and RSVP.

ChicagoCAC Beyond Words - April 2

Join ChicagoCAC’s Community Advisory Council in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with BEYOND WORDS, a reception honoring survivors of child sexual abuse. We will enjoy live music, a poetry reading and light refreshments. Guests are invited to decorate… Read More

April 2017 Trainings

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, ChicagoCAC hosts numerous trainings throughout the month of April to equip professionals and caregivers to prevent child sexual abuse. View all of our upcoming trainings now.

Luminary Award Dinner

Join ChicagoCAC for our third annual Luminary Award Dinner on Thursday, May 4. Together, we will honor Anne Pramaggiore for lighting the path toward hope and healing for children. Purchase tickets and tables now. 

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Join ChicagoCAC for our third annual Luminary Award Dinner on Thursday, May 4. Together, we will honor Anne Pramaggiore for lighting the path toward hope and healing for children. Purchase tickets and tables now. 

Kuma’s Corner Charity of the Month

We’re thrilled to be Kuma’s Corner’s charity of the month for February! The businesses in our community help make our work possible, and we’re especially excited to partner with someplace so delicious. Stop by any location for one of their signature burgers this month, and you can donate to support ChicagoCAC!

We’re thrilled to be Kuma’s Corner’s charity of the month for February! The businesses in our community help make our work possible, and we’re especially excited to partner with someplace so delicious. Stop by any location for one… Read More