Sun-Times file photo Chicago’s  steady rise in homicides is taking a toll on us in ways we probably don’t realize. Maybe you stopped going out after dark. Maybe you started avoiding certain neighborhoods.  Maybe you skipped your favorite outdoor concert, fearing mayhem might break out. Try as you might, it is difficult to keep a.. read more →

A survivors’s statement at her attacker’s sentencing are helping to shed light on the trauma follows sexual assault. “You touched my soul in a way that haunts me in my sleep,” 21-year-old Melissa Maher told the court during the sentencing of Patrick Whetstone. The court sentenced Whetstone, also 21, to two years probation after he.. read more →

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD – is commonly thought to be suffered by men in combat zones. But a conference in Washington has been told that two-thirds of sufferers are women. They include victims of sex crimes and domestic violence. This is one woman’s story about how she has been affected by PTSD. She’s been.. read more →