BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – With April commemorating national “Sexual Assault Awareness” month, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, is hosting a supply drive for “A Safe Place”, Lake County’s primary provider of services for women and children who have been physically and emotionally abused.
“Domestic violence is a silent terror that can affect any person, any family and any community,” said Carroll. “Shelters like ‘A Safe Place’ are on the front lines in this fight by providing emergency housing, counseling and long-term support to those who think they have nowhere else to turn.”
Throughout the month of April, Carroll will be collecting donations for the shelter at his full-time constituent office, located at 830 S. Buffalo Grove Rd., Suite 120 in Buffalo Grove, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A Safe Place is currently asking for new and unused bath towels, paper products, cleaning supplies, full-size toiletries and baby items. A full list of needed items can be found at: www.asafeplaceforhelp.org/content/wish-list.
As a strong voice for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, Carroll currently serves on the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force and the governor’s Legislative Public Safety Group, where he is working in a bipartisan manner to push legislation to reduce violence against women. Carroll has also backed comprehensive solutions to prevent sexual assault and discrimination, most notably legislation creating a new reporting pathway for government employees suffering from sexual harassment while also requiring state employees, staffers and lobbyists to complete a more robust, in-person sexual harassment training program.
“Cuts to domestic violence shelters have become a vicious status quo,” Carroll continued. “This has got to stop. I will continue to work to fully fund domestic violence shelters and other legislation that strengthens protections and promotes opportunities for women.”