WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“(ENEWSPF)–February 9, 2017.Â U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $1,141,194.00 in federal funding to help prevent rape and sexual assault in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health will use todayâ€™s funding to support rape prevention and education programs, as well as to increase support for counseling services, 24-hour crisis hotlines and criminal justice assistance.
â€œThis federal funding will help prevent rape and sexual assault in Illinois and improve support for victims of sexual violence throughout our state. Preventing sexual violence is a daunting challenge and I am pleased Illinois will be receiving critical CDC support to strengthen prevention and education initiatives,â€ said Senator Duckworth.
â€œFunding education and building awareness in our schools and communities will help prevent sexual assault in Illinois,â€ said Durbin.Â â€œWe must do everything within our power to protect women and men from sexual violence and these federal investments will help do just that.â€
Todayâ€™s funding comes through the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionâ€™s (CDC) Rape Prevention and Education Program, which aims to strengthen sexual violence prevention systems in all 50 states.