Posts tagged "sexual abuse"

An offender among us: How do we keep our children safe?

Pedophiles. There really isn’t another kind of criminal, except for maybe serial killers, that makes our skin crawl quite so much. Just say the word and a mental image of a deranged man with lollipops luring children into an unmarked van isn’t far behind. In our latest investigation, The Chicago Reporter found that hundreds of... Read more »

Terrifying Silence: sexual abuse in Asian communities goes unreported

Here in Cook County and across the state, children who are victims of sexual abuse are hurting. But, for many, their stories and their pain are being ignored, and their silence means more children may have to face the terrors they have themselves. In our investigation of child sexual abuse in Cook County, we found... Read more »

News Roundup: Illinois prison population climbs to a record high

Illinois jails are filling to the brim as the prison population reaches 49,000, an increase of 3,000 from last year. With more prisoners being crammed into the same amount of space, overcrowding has become an issue. Prisoners are doubling up in cells, and in one prison 100 inmates have been stuffed into basement area with... Read more »

The bruises fade, but the pain lasts forever...

I was sitting with my co-worker, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, when he told me that this month’s Chicago Reporter investigation on child sexual abuse was one of the hardest things he ever had to write. Jeff’s written on some poignant and heartbreaking subjects, but none of them, he said, affected him so deeply as hearing the... Read more »

Is anyone listening to child sexual abuse victims in Cook County?

The majority of people who call Cook County’s child abuse tip line are adults – friends, neighbors, teachers, pastors, counselors. But sometimes those calls are made by someone a lot closer to the abuse – the victims themselves. In this month’s investigation of child sexual abuse in Cook County, we noticed a strange trend among... Read more »

Black families being torn apart by unfounded accusations of child sex abuse

Imagine you’re a foster child – neglected by your own family, moved from home to home – until you find that one place, that one family, where you belong. Finally, you’re safe, with a foster parent that loves you and takes care of you. Until you’re ripped from that home one morning, all because someone... Read more »