sexual assault

A faster response to reports of sexual assault and more sensitive treatment of victims are the goals of new Illinois guidelines for law-enforcement agencies issued this month.

It follows the state's Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act, which requires specialized training and new polices to improve law enforcement to these incidents. 

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ News

New bylaws from the University of Illinois fraternities' governing board will require all chapters to train their members on how to intervene to prevent sexual assault.

The change from the university's student-run Interfraternity Council requires all 42 campus fraternities to teach every second-year member about “bystander intervention" in addition to the two sexual-assault-prevention programs already mandated for all students on campus, the News-Gazette reports.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan testified in support of Senate Bill 189.  It would eliminate the statute of limitations for child abuse and assault crimes. 

She cited the case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was convicted in a hush-money scheme related to several boys he admitted to molesting while a high school wrestling coach.   Madigan said Hastert inflicted "unbelievable pain" on the youth he molested at the school, and only got a "slap on the wrist."  

Jury Acquits Ex-NIU Cop In Sexual Assault Case

Dec 15, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

A DeKalb County jury found 28-year-old Andrew Rifkin not guilty of sexually assaulting a Northern Illinois University freshman student in 2011, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The former NIU police officer was accused of assaulting the student during a consensual sexual encounter. 

A former Sycamore resident who abducted and raped an NIU student in 2001 at gunpoint is asking a judge to reconsider a decision that changed his jail sentence.

Todd S. Allgood, 48, forced the student to drive to his Sycamore trailer, where the attack took place.  

The original jury trial resulted in a 55-year prison sentence, but the Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled last year that part of that sentence  violated state law.  Allgood's prison term was reduced to 31 years earlier this month.  

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