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Madigan announces grant to combat sexual assault

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Madigan speaking at WIU in Macomb on Thursday. Madigan speaking at WIU in Macomb on Thursday.
MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan visited Western Illinois University on Thursday to announce a grant for nearly $500,000 that will be used to improve response to sexual assault crimes for five counties in western Illinois. 

The Regional Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking grant will be used in Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties to create a Regional Rural Sexual Assault Response team. This team will be made up of sexual assault nurse examiners, trained sexual assault victims advocates and trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors. 

"Our real goal here is to increase response," Madigan said. "We need to make sure people are reporting, we need to make sure people are receiving the services they need to heal. We also need to make sure that we are seeking justice because when you look at the numbers you see that far to few people ever report when they are sexually assaulted."

Last year, Madigan worked with lawmakers to pass a law that requires first responders, police officers and investigators to receive specialized sexual assault training.

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