Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Letter to the Editor - Strip clubs are really the site of sexual exploitation

Dear Editor,

Chicago, and Illinois at large, is a dynamic place with a great deal to offer visitors. Unfortunately, Illinois also has a number of strip clubs that frequently mistreat their employees and are the site of sexual exploitation. In your recent article, The 14 Best Strip Clubs in Illinois, you recommend visits to strip clubs throughout the state. Did you know that many of these clubs have owners that abuse their position by using coercive tactics to profit from the sexual exploitation of their employees?

What may seem like a casual environment free from harm is actually a very exploitative and harmful workplace. There is a correlation between strip clubs, alcohol and violence against women. Studies have found a variety of negative consequences to having sexually oriented businesses in a community, including prostitution, sexual assault, and exploitation. In a Chicago study, 43% of women in strip clubs experienced frequent violence including being slapped, punched, kicked, raped, and assaulted.

In 2012, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law that collects new fees from strip clubs that also sell alcohol and distributes those fees to rape crisis centers because they recognized the harms these clubs present to their communities. Encouraging this industry only increases the very real harm inflicted on women and girls in our communities.

If you'd like to learn more about ending sexual exploitation please contact the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.

Best,
Leena Saleh
Communications Manager
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Meet Our Runners: Darci Jenkins


What motivated you to run for CAASE this year?
One year ago, I joined the CAASE half marathon team and I had run only 5 miles in my life. But a friend encouraged me to do it (she's trying to get me to do a full) and I couldn't say no to raising money for CAASE. Now, one year later, this will be my 3rd half marathon (2nd for CAASE). CAASE has been a huge part of my life professionally, personally, and now athletically! My push to get to the finish line resembles a lot of the work that CAASE does --- they persevere, they push forward, and they try things they have yet to accomplish. The least I could do is tie my shoes and get out there and run!

What has been the greatest challenge so far?
I am also participating in the Super Sprint Triathlon on August 23rd so training for the half and this triathlon has been really, really hard. 

How does it feel being part of the CAASE team? 
I love it. There's nothing better than on race day when a fellow team member runs up beside you, gives you a high five and says, "You got this!"

Did you ever run a marathon before?  
I ran some half marathons but never a full one.

Why do you think people should support the Race for CAASE?
This initiative is a large fundraiser for CAASE. Funds raised will go toward helping survivors meeting their legal needs, preventing trafficking and exploitation by educating our youth, and finally, continuing to pass legislation that supports services for survivors and intends to combat human trafficking and exploitation. Everyone has a mother, sister, brother or cousin that could have been sexually exploited. With your support CAASE can help put a stop to sexual exploitation and continue to serve these survivors.

Help Darci reach her fundraising goal by visiting her Race for CAASE page. Support our other runners by visiting our full team list.  

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Challenger Sponsor: 

www.nfholdings.com







Frontrunner Sponsors:  
                                    
www.kfplegal.com
www.alexandermoverschicago.com




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet our Runners: Erika Rist


What motivated you to run for CAASE this year? 
I run a lot, so 13 miles isn't much to ask of me in the name of CAASE. 

What has been the greatest challenge so far? 
Raising funds. Most people my age have just graduated from college, so they can't afford to donate. If you know any heiresses, send them my way!

How does it feel being part of the CAASE team? 
Like a show of solidarity for exactly the organizations and people for whom we ought to show the most solidarity. 

Did you ever run a marathon before?   
I ran the half-marathon on the CAASE team two summers ago, when I was an intern.​ 

Why do you think people should support the Race for CAASE?   
CAASE was built on and maintains a philosophy based on the only way to decrease sexual exploitation--targeting demand by deterring johns and traffickers, which would inhibit the sex industry, trafficking, and rape. There could not be a team of more integrity than CAASE's, true from Executive Directors to interns. Actually, I'd challenge someone to come up with a reason why people shouldn't support the Race for CAASE.    

Help Erika reach her fundraising goal by visiting her Race for CAASE page. Support our other runners by visiting our full team list.   

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Challenger Sponsor: 

www.nfholdings.com







Frontrunner Sponsors:  
                                    
www.kfplegal.com
www.alexandermoverschicago.com