Diana Newton, executive director, Porchlight Counseling Services (Lenny Gilmore/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
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