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Simon tours Women’s Center 

The Southern
November 10, 2012

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights, toured The Women’s Center in Carbondale Friday to thank advocates for their work in passing a strip club surcharge bill this year, and to learn about other resources needed to prevent and respond to domestic and sexual violence.

Simon and Hutchingson supported legislation creating the state’s new Sexual Assault Services and Prevention Fund effective Jan. 1. The fund will be supported through fees generated at strip clubs that permit alcohol sales or consumption. The fund was designed to help offset state funding cuts to sexual assault prevention and response services at agencies such as the Women’s Center, which also provides domestic violence and other advocacy services to Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Saline, Union and Williamson counties.