In focus: One campus support group

  • Diana Newton, executive director, Porchlight Counseling Services
Diana Newton, executive director, Porchlight Counseling Services (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
October 18, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Many survivors of sexual assault on college campuses around Illinois are referred to Porchlight, the state's only nonprofit counseling agency that focuses on college-aged assault survivors. Since Porchlight was founded in 2004, the Evanston-based agency has served thousands of students. Here's a snapshot of Porchlight, by the numbers.

Average client age: 21

Race/Ethnicity of clients: 64 percent Caucasian; 13 percent African-American; 13 percent Asian-American; 10 percent Hispanic/Latino

Average length of time between assault and when student seeks help from Porchlight: 18 months

Porchlight clients who choose to report the assault to police: Less than 5 percent

Porchlight clients who choose to tell their parents about assault: 20 percent

Number of distinct Chicago-area universities served by Porchlight: 15

Number of new calls received in the first two weeks of October: 10

Most common health issues facing clients: PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harming, insomnia, flashbacks, fear of leaving residence or being alone, danger of dropping out because of concentration issues and inability to attend class or keep up with assignments

Source: Diana Newton, executive director, Porchlight Counseling Services

rcromidas@tribune.com

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