Madigan Wants More Nurses For Sexual Assault Victims

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan would like to see number of nurses trained to help sexual assault victims doubled in local hospitals.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports, sexual assault nurse examiners are trained to conduct forensic examinations and testify in court.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports

Madigan and the Illinois Hospital Association want to see the number of such nurses practicing in hospitals grow to 150. They also want to implement a program in each of the state’s trauma regions by next fall.

Madigan says there are only two Illinois hospitals that have a trained nurse available around the clock – Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

While 650 nurses have been trained, only 75 are fully practicing.

Madigan says she hopes the effort decreases the number of assaults that go unreported.

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  • Wolf

    She represents the typical spend mania that always attempts to find another soft issue to spend ,money own instead of doing some restructuring of this massively bloated public sector and their fraudulent pension scam…truly clueless and worthless individual…

    • stacey

      only an ignorant fool would say something like that. as a rape victim it is very hard to have to been probe and poke after a rape and nurses are not gentle or compassionate during the exam they make u feel worse so doing something like this would help a lot of women and men who unfortunately experience something as horrible as rape. i have nothing but luv for u because u are expressing your opinion. and so am i. jah jah bless.

  • southside

    Why does the Attorney General have a say in this? She should stick to prosecuting wrong-doers and crooked politicians, like Mike Madigan, not running for governor.

  • Question

    Does getting “fisted” count?

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