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Uniting All Survivors of Violent Crime to Pursue Legislative Change in our Criminal Justice System

Enforce Victims' Rights

Chance to save kids from sex offenders  
Letter to editor by Denise printed in the Daily Herald.
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Opposition from ICASA  
One would think that an agency such as ICASA, who expresses to be about protecting children from sexual violence, would support Jasmine's Law. Instead and quite amazingly, they opposed it. Listen to Polly Poskin, Exec. Dir, state her opposition - 1/5/2010.

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"Too Cozy With the System?"  
Zacharias Center and its umbrella, Illinois Council Against Sexual Assault ... prefer to work cooperatively with state's attorneys than attempt to dictate policy change, according to Torrie Flink, Zacharias Center executive director.
Article by Judy Masterson, News-Sun February 15, 2008
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Press Release : HB1237  
Discuses why the Survivor Rights Act came to be and what it means for the People of Illinois.
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Interview With Jasmine  
Jasmine shares her experience and unique insight into the problem of child sex abuse. Along with her mom, she eloquently speaks to the need for change... change that will help prevent what happened to her from happening to other children.

Letter from Rep. Tom Cross  
House Republican leader sends his letter of response to Barrington event.
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Letter of Support  
Written by Patricia Jones, Chairperson of the Coalition to Reduce Recidivism. 3/25/2010

A Crusade for Justice  
Denise Rotheimer is a tireless advocate for sexual abuse victims in Lake County, and while her demands for justice for these victims continue to fall on deaf ears, Denise battles on.
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Too Young for Justice  
Read the award-winning Lake County News-Sun series about child sex abuse in Lake County.
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Series Editor - David Rutter  
Letter from Too Young For Justice Series Editor, David Rutter.
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News-Sun Rcvs. Awards for Series  
The News-Sun received two awards for the Too Young For Justice Series from the Illinois Press Association
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Letter from IL AGO Office  
Letter sent by Erin Rubelke of the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
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Time for Prosecutors to prosecute  
State's Attorney's in Illinois are supposed to prosecute rapists. From everything I'm seeing and hearing from survivors in this region, they are doing a lousy job.
- by Kaethe Morris Hoffer 1/18/2009

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WKRS Call in on Child Abduction  
Listen to Denise as a guest on WKRS radio discussing recent spate of attempted abductions and handling of child predator cases in Lake County. Air Date: 6/15/2009

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WLIP Call in on Victims' Rights  
Listen to Denise as a guest on WLIP radio discussing the current condition of prosecution of child predators and victims' rights. Air Date: 1/16/2009

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American Child Sex Slaves Are Being Arrested, Not Rescued  
Shared Hope International's National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, America's Prostituted Children highlights the harsh reality that hundreds of thousands of American children are victimized through sex trafficking in the United States.
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Child Pornography Fact Sheet  
Child pornography must be eradicated. Its human costs are extremely substantial.
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Female Genital Mutilation at Cornell University  
A pediatric urologist at Cornell—Dix Poppas—has been operating on little girls with what he judges to be oversized clitorises...
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Court rules child prostitutes victims, not criminals  
The justices ruled that the girl, as well as any other child prostitute, is not a criminal, but rather a victim.
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NDAA - We Can Do Better  
One of NDAA's partners, the Every Child Matters Education Fund, has just released the second edition of We Can Do Better: Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in America.
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Victims receive unlikely support from prominent defense attorney  
Denise Rotheimer and Joel Brodsky will appear as guests on Left, Right, and You radio show WRMN 1410AM at 3PM, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 to advocate for a change in Illinois law that will hold prosecutors responsible for violating any citizens' legal rights.
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Defending Childhood Task Force  
No matter where you live, today - across this country - children are more likely to be exposed to violence and crime than adults. This problem has significant consequences for individuals, families, and entire communities. It affects each one of us.
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6/23/2015 - Crime Victims' Rights Forum
The public is invited to attend the Crime Victims' Rights forum hosted by State Senator Pamela Althoff and Denise Rotheimer, founder of Mothers On a Mission to Stop Violence in the Auditorium at Grant Community High School on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The panelists are comprised of Michael Nerheim, Lake County State's Attorney; Louis Bianchi, McHenry County State's Attorney; and Gilbert Rivera, Deputy Chief of Round Lake Beach Police Department presenting information on crime victims' rights, victim compensation and the legal system. There is no cost to attend and questions for the panelists are encouraged.

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10/20/2012 - Balancing the Scales of Justice
You're invited to attend our educational forum to learn how you can protect your interests throughout the criminal justice process and ensure justice is done. Crime victims' rights are unenforceable and often puts victims at risk of becoming further victimized by the system. The only measure of justice residents have to protect their children, loved ones, or themselves is the law. Justice is the law. Know the laws and how they could be used against you.

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08/25/2012 - Candidate Endorsement
In recognition of Mike Nerheim's commitment to protect and enforce the rights of crime victims, MOMSV proudly endorses his campaign for Lake County State's Attorney. Upon his election, we look forward to building an alliance between the Office of the Lake County State's Attorney and the Center for Survivor Justice to provide crime victims with a grievance process that will remedy the violations of victims' rights during the criminal justice system.

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Center For Survivor Justice - docx

08/15/2012 - Federal Victims' Rights Constitutional Amendment
A petition has been created to generate support from constituents to pass an Amendment to the US Constitution affording victims with a legal remedy known as "standing" to assert their rights during the criminal justice process. Without standing, victims' rights are unenforceable and often put victims at risk of further victimization by the system. Please sign the petition and ask your member of Congress to co-sign HJ Res 106. Read the information provided on the National Victims' Constitutional Amendment Passage (NVCAP) Web site to make an informed decision.

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05/22/2012 - Victims' Rights Sign-Off Sheet Passes
While Jasmine graduated in the top 5% of her class with an Honor's degree in Political Science, the senate passed a new measure into law that she and her mother, Denise Rotheimer first initiated in 2003. HB5187 passed both Houses unanimously which includes a sign-off sheet that requires law enforcement officers to inform victims of their rights within 24-hours of reporting a violent crime.

Crime victims and families assisted by 3 new Illinois laws
Press Release

03/19/2012 - Judge dismisses lawsuit against Lake County prosecutors
Denise and her daughter, Jasmine did not request monetary compensation in their federal complaint that was dismissed with prejudice this month. The complaint sought to declare provisions in victims' rights laws that deny crime victims appellate relief and a cause of action for damages, unconstitutional. As well as allow both Jasmine and Denise to submit a victim impact statement in the case file against Jasmine's offender, who was convicted in 2003.

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03/03/2012 - Restoring Justice in Lake County Video
The forum with Lake County State's Attorney Candiates Mike Nerheim and Chris Kennedy, featured presentations and questions from citizens directly impacted by failures made by the current Lake County State's Attorney. The forum was quite lively in its questions and robust in its expectations of the two candidates, both of whom signed the pledge.

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Event Press Release
Signed Pledge - Nerheim
Signed Pledge - Kennedy
Lake County state's attorney candidates vow to restore confidence
Human Rights Commission
Listen to truth about defense attorneys

02/22/2012 - Federal complaint 11 cv 4707
Jasmine Jimenez and her mother, Denise Rotheimer filed a complaint in Federal Court to declare that the provisions under the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights and state statute violate their federally protected rights under the Fourteenth amendment to equal protection under the law and due process.

Court Date:
February 22, 2012 at 9:30am
Dirksen Federal Building - Room 1203
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604

Listen to Denise as a guest on Left, Right & You.
Air Date: 12/20/2011

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Notice to Appear

Motion to Dismiss
IL Attorney General

Notice of Motion

Excerpt : Minutes of IL Criminal Justice Authority

Joint Response to Lake County SA's Motion

Press Release

Motion to Dismiss
Lake County SA

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01/18/2012 Opinion

Amended Complaint

Notice of Dismissal

Notice of Appeal

12/23/2011 - Description of the Sex Offender Criminal Offenses
These are the Illinois criminal statutes that are referenced under the heading "Child Sex Offender Criminal Offenses" on the Child Sex Offender List. The abbreviation "ILCS" stands for the Illinois Compiled Statutes. See the Sex Offender Registration Act for more information.

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11/20/2011 - Celebration of Jasmine's Rhodes Scholar interview
Jasmine was selected as one of ten students to interview for the Rhodes Scholar. Only two students from this interview will be chosen. Jasmine applied for the Rhodes to study law in the UK. Please join us to celebrate Jasmine's accomplishments and to support her work as an advocate for justice on Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. 3000 W. Grand Avenue, Waukegan, Il 60085.

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11/07/2011 - Crime victims seek more say in judicial process
Years after her 11-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted, Denise Rotheimer wants the right to sue the Lake County prosecutors who sent the offender to jail, saying they defamed her child by telling the judge that the girl "had issues."
                                    -- Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune

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4/5/2011 - Today's Chicago Woman: On a Mission for Survivors
Denise Rotheimer fights for legislation sponsored by State Representative Rita Mayfield to help sexual violence victims.

Today's Chicago Woman Article - 4/5/11

Sexual Assault Awarness Month Comes to a Close - 4/29/11

Springfield Lobbyist, Lyn Schollett, General Counsel of Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault opposes HB1237, the Survivor Rights Act during the Judicial II Committee hearing on 3-17-2011
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Survivor Rights Act Townhall Meeting : February 26th, 2011
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Mayfield pushes bill for crime victims’ rights - News-Sun

Reduce Bureaucracy and Restore Democracy : January 14th, 2011
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CBS2 news interview
Crime Victim Rights History

Enforce Justice December 2011 -
Denise discusses the T.E.A party movement with activists, Lenny Jarrett, Lenny McAllister and Heath Hummell.

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Jasmine's Law Victory Party : 6/16/2010
The Jasmine's Law Victory Party was a well attended event in honor of Jasmine and Jasmine's Law. With speeches from the honorary guests, and supporters in attendance, it was a true community gathering.

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Jasmine's Law Signed Into Law by Governor : 07/29/2010
Jasmine's Law strengthens Illinois laws to double the prison sentence for child sex offenders. Thank you everyone for all your hard work; contacting legislators, signing a petition, and spreading the word.
Jasmine's Law with Governor's Signature
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Press Release - 3/18
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Senator Bond
Press Release - 3/18
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Senator Dillard
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Rep. Reboletti
Press Release - 5/4
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Senator Bond
Press Release - 5/4
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Senator Dillard
Jasmine's Law a step closer to reality - Chicago Tribune 06/25/2010

Barrington Conference Jasmine's Law : 1/9/2010
The Governor's Director of Legislative Affairs Lindsay Hansen-Anderson, State Representative Dennis Reboletti, State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, MOMSV Founder Denise Rotheimer, PAVE Survivor Justice Director Laura Dunn, and Jasmine herself spoke to the community in support Jasmine's Law.

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Speaking About Child Predators Before the County Board 1/20/2009
Denise addresses the County Board in regard to her experience and changes needed in terms of victims' rights. The statements by board leadership also shows the need for consistency.

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Child Sex Abuse PowerPoint Presentation
Please download and read this Powerpoint presentation about child sexual abuse and the need for investigating the way cases are handled.


WLIP Call in: Jasmine's Law, Child Sex Abuse and the Agencies
Listen to Denise as a guest on WLIP radio with host Terry Florio discussing Jasmine's Law, the issue of child sex abuse and the agencies.
Air Date: 03/09/2010

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8/02/2010 - USDOJ Study: Justice Department's national strategy
Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Justice Department's national strategy for preventing sexual abuse of children. Representatives from the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)...

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04/26/2010 - No Statute of Limitations for for sex abusers
The Florida House and Senate passed legislation today eliminating the statute of limitations for sex abusers who victimize children under the age of 16.

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10/20/2009 - USDOJ Study: Violence Against Children is Epidemic
"With the data we now have, we are surely within our rights to call this situation an epidemic. The fact is that millions of children in our country live with violence in their daily lives, either as witnesses or as victims." - Attorney General Eric Holder

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"Justice Department Sides with Child Molesters and Pedophiles AGAIN"
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07/23/2010 - Pentagon workers Tied to Child Porn
Federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors with high-level security clearances who allegedly purchased and downloaded child pornography...

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01/28/2009 - Judge Reich Comments on Pedophiles
"Prison is truly for the violent offender, the incorrigible offender and the pedophile... those people are locked up. Then you are left with the rest of humanity." - Circuit Judge Philip Reich

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02/15/2008 - The Grindhouse : Oped About Justice in Lake County
Many victims of sexual abuse feel they are raped twice. Once by the perpetrator, then by the justice system.

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WLIP Call in on Child Predators and Roman Polanski
Listen to Denise as a guest on WLIP radio with host Terry Florio discussing the issue of child predators and victims' rights. She also discusses producer Roman Polanski who raped a 13 year old girl and the petition sponsored by PAVE. Please take a moment to sign the petition online.Air Date: 10/08/2009
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The Laws and How They Can Work Against Us
It is important to know the laws and how they can work against us. Understanding the laws as they exist forms the foundation for knowing how they must be improved to benefit everyone.

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In Lake County, 9 of 10 registered sex offenders committed their crimes against children.

In October 2006, the number of registered child sex offenders increased by 10 percent.

According to crime victims rights advocate Denise Rotheimer, people who value the innocence of children in our communities must take a stand to serve justice on their behalf. She is looking for people to become an advocate for crime victims and petition state representatives and senators to support the Crime Victims' Rights Act. For more information, call Rotheimer at 847-406-8566

Lake County News-Sun : 2/15/2008

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