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On April 18, Dickelle Fonda, a long-time Evanston resident, volunteer and a founding mother of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, received the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) Fundraiser of the Year Award for helping to secure funding and resources for the agency’s newly opened Evanston office. 

In addition to her volunteer efforts, Ms. Fonda also works with CAC’s Safe from the Start program, consulting with the staff on team building, self-care and vicarious trauma. Safe from the Start was launched at CAC in 2001 to reduce exposure to violence for children birth to 5 and their families.

As a clinical psychotherapist, Ms. Fonda  has specialized in working with survivors of trauma.

“Prior to the 1960s, women didn’t speak out about  sexual  abuse.  They suffered in silence. The lives of families and individuals were seriously impacted.    Now with new awareness and the availability of specialized counseling  services, there are people to listen and help victims heal,” says Ms. Fonda.

In 2012, CAC received a large grant from the Evanston Community Foundation. With offices already established in Hoffman Estates, Northbrook and Streamwood, CAC used the grant to bring its services to Evanston, setting up offices in the Weissbourd-Holmes Family Focus building, 2010 Dewey Ave.  

CAC provides all services free of charge. Information is available at 847-885-0100 or www.cachelps.org or www.facebook.com/CACNW.