ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Lawmakers joined Attorney General Kwame Raoul to support survivors of violent crimes.
The leaders said they are celebrating the work they have done and look forward to work they say still needs to be accomplished. Survivors and leaders say they’re working on a safety agenda.
They want to spread awareness and expand resources for those affected. Survivors and their families say the state needs more funding for trauma recovery centers.
Right now, there are only two in the entire state; one in Peoria and the other just outside Chicago in Evergreen.
Advocates said they need more centers around the state to receive the counseling and support needed after tragedies occur. Raoul is calling on all lawmakers to make a change.
In addition to Raoul, State Representative Jehan Gordon Booth (D-Peoria) who lost her stepson to gun violence and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, a sexual assault survivor, shared their stories of recovery after experiencing violent crime.
This was the first Survivors Speak event, but Crime Survivors for Justice and Safety hopes to continue the event annually.