Our Austin team was interviewed by NBC Chicago about challenges in the environment of Chicago’s Westside in relation to the topic of sexual violence.
Excerpt: Amber Johnson, a medical and legal advocate for Rape Victims Advocates on the west side of Chicago, said many victims don’t have cars to get to a doctor or counselor, and are unable to take time off of work in low-paying jobs to get help.
“Sexual assault is nothing new or odd in these neighborhoods, but the means to deal with it is,” she said.
“People who are dying trump those who are living,” said DeVona Alleyne, a counselor for Rape Victim Advocates. But just because you can’t see the victims doesn’t mean they aren’t there, said Alleyne, who works out of the organization’s office on the west side of Chicago.