Contact Us

We are available via phone 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and in person by appointment. All personal information left on our voicemail will be kept confidential. To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation, please call 773-244-2230, ext. 204. or email veronica@caase.org

*We do not handle divorce or custody litigation or represent victims younger than 13.

Sexual Assault Justice Project Offers Free Legal Counsel

Have you survived sexual assault, rape, or prostitution?  
Our attorneys are available to meet with you confidentially to provide individualized legal advice, consultation, and representation following and related to sexual assault.

How CAASE’s lawyers can help:

  • Accompany you to police and prosecutor interviews.
  • Advocate for your rights within the criminal justice system.
  • Assist with housing, employment, and education problems related to your assault.
  • Represent you in civil litigation, including pursuing a Civil No Contact Orders.
  • All of our legal services are free, regardless of income.

We tailor our services to the needs of individuals and serve survivors of every sex, race, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, and immigration status.

For Attorneys: Pro Bono Project
The CAASE Pro Bono Project connects private attorneys with local survivors of sexual assault and sex trafficking to ensure that every survivor has access to the quality legal counsel she (or he) wants and needs. Learn more here.


Civil No Contact Orders

What is a Civil No Contact Order?
A Civil No-Contact Order (CNCO) is a finding in civil court that your perpetrator sexually assaulted or sexually abused you. The order requires that the perpetrator stay away from you, including your home, school and workplace.

Who Can Pursue a CNCO?
Any person who is the victim of non-consensual sex since January 1, 2004 may seek a CNCO against their perpetrator. The law can help victims regardless of whether or not they reported to law enforcement. It is a way to hold rapists accountable for what they did, and face a public trial proving that they engaged in sexual assault or abuse. The order also can promote safety.

What relief does the CNCO offer?
A CNCO prohibits the perpetrator from knowingly coming within a specified distance from you. It prohibits the perpetrator from:

  • Coming near your home, work or school.
  • Contacting you via phone, texts, emails, notes or via a third party.

Other Facts about CNCOs:

  • You do not need to have a relationship with the perpetrator to obtain a CNCO.
  • You do not need to file a police report.

Gender Violence Act

The Gender Violence Act allows survivors of sex-based violence like domestic violence, sexual assault, and threats of the same to sue their attacker in Illinois state civil court, for monetary damages or injunctive relief.  

Other Facts about the Gender Violence Act:
Victims have 7 years to file suit against the perpetrator.
Any person who is the victim of gender-based violence may use this law against the perpetrator.  
Any attorney may represent these survivors.  


Legal Remedies for Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Including Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

If you have been impacted by the sex trade, you have legal rights and protections available to you including Civil No Contact Orders and the Gender Violence Act (see above). Also, you have rights under the following laws:

Illinois Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act
Survivors of sex trafficking who have prostitution convictions can ask a judge to vacate those convictions if they resulted from being trafficked. 

  • What is sex trafficking? The use of force, fraud or coercion to recruit and keep a person in the commercial sex trade.  

Predator Accountability Act
Allows survivors of the sex trade to seek civil damages and remedies from individuals and businesses that recruited, harmed, profited from, or maintained them in the sex trade.

Who can use the Predator Accountability Act?:

  • ANY person who is the victim of harm in the sex trade, or whose body was used in the sex trade to the financial benefit of other people, since July 3, 2006 may use the law against their perpetrator.  
  • ANY attorney may represent these survivors.  To support the ability of survivors to obtain counsel, the law contains an attorney’s fees provision that allows the court to order that the attorney’s fees of any prevailing plaintiff be paid by the defendant.

Our Legal Services are supported by individual donations to CAASE as well as through grants provided by:

  • Chicago Bar Foundation 
  • Field Foundation
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois          
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
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