College Campus Safety Tips for Students 07/17/2018

Sexual offenses were found to be the second highest crime on college campuses according to national statistics in 2012. With campus violence being so horribly prevalent, we’ve published a brand new guide for 2018 to help students stay safe.
This comprehensive guide provides a thorough overview of the issues, promoting awareness, and offering expert safety advice, precautions and free apps that can help. It also covers what to do following a sexual assault, and resources for the victim to turn to both on and off campus.

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Dignity for All Act 08/27/2015

Founding executive director, Denise Rotheimer of Mothers On a Mission to Stop Violence announces her federal legislative proposal to enact the Dignity for All Act in honor of Pravin Varuguse, a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student who went missing for five days until he was found dead in February 2014.

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Crime Victims' Rights Forum 06/23/2015

The public is invited to attend the Crime Victims' Rights forum hosted by State Senator Pamela Althoff and Denise Rotheimer, founder of Mothers On a Mission to Stop Violence in the Auditorium at Grant Community High School on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The panelists are comprised of Michael Nerheim, Lake County State's Attorney; Louis Bianchi, McHenry County State's Attorney; and Gilbert Rivera, Deputy Chief of Round Lake Beach Police Department presenting information on crime victims' rights, victim compensation and the legal system. There is no cost to attend and questions for the panelists are encouraged.

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Balancing the Scales of Justice 10/20/2012

You're invited to attend our educational forum to learn how you can protect your interests throughout the criminal justice process and ensure justice is done. Crime victims' rights are unenforceable and often puts victims at risk of becoming further victimized by the system. The only measure of justice residents have to protect their children, loved ones, or themselves is the law. Justice is the law. Know the laws and how they could be used against you.

Candidate Endorsement 08/25/2012

In recognition of Mike Nerheim's commitment to protect and enforce the rights of crime victims, MOMSV proudly endorses his campaign for Lake County State's Attorney. Upon his election, we look forward to building an alliance between the Office of the Lake County State's Attorney and the Center for Survivor Justice to provide crime victims with a grievance process that will remedy the violations of victims' rights during the criminal justice system.

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Federal Victims' Rights Constitutional Amendment 08/15/2012

A petition has been created to generate support from constituents to pass an Amendment to the US Constitution affording victims with a legal remedy known as "standing" to assert their rights during the criminal justice process. Without standing, victims' rights are unenforceable and often put victims at risk of further victimization by the system. Please sign the petition and ask your member of Congress to co-sign HJ Res 106. Read the information provided on the National Victims' Constitutional Amendment Passage (NVCAP) Web site to make an informed decision.

Victims' Rights Sign-Off Sheet Passes 05/22/2012

While Jasmine graduated in the top 5% of her class with an Honor's degree in Political Science, the senate passed a new measure into law that she and her mother, Denise Rotheimer first initiated in 2003. HB5187 passed both Houses unanimously which includes a sign-off sheet that requires law enforcement officers to inform victims of their rights within 24-hours of reporting a violent crime.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Lake County prosecutors 03/19/2012

Denise and her daughter, Jasmine did not request monetary compensation in their federal complaint that was dismissed with prejudice this month. The complaint sought to declare provisions in victims' rights laws that deny crime victims appellate relief and a cause of action for damages, unconstitutional. As well as allow both Jasmine and Denise to submit a victim impact statement in the case file against Jasmine's offender, who was convicted in 2003.

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Restoring Justice in Lake County 03/03/2012

The forum with Lake County State's Attorney Candiates Mike Nerheim and Chris Kennedy, featured presentations and questions from citizens directly impacted by failures made by the current Lake County State's Attorney. The forum was quite lively in its questions and robust in its expectations of the two candidates, both of whom signed the pledge.

Federal complaint 11 cv 4707 02/22/2012

Jasmine Jimenez and her mother, Denise Rotheimer filed a complaint in Federal Court to declare that the provisions under the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights and state statute violate their federally protected rights under the Fourteenth amendment to equal protection under the law and due process.

Court Date: February 22, 2012 at 9:30am
Dirksen Federal Building - Room 1203
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604

Listen to Denise as a guest on Left, Right & You

Air Date: 12/20/2011

Description of the Sex Offender Criminal Offenses 12/23/2011

These are the Illinois criminal statutes that are referenced under the heading "Child Sex Offender Criminal Offenses" on the Child Sex Offender List. The abbreviation "ILCS" stands for the Illinois Compiled Statutes. See the Sex Offender Registration Act for more information.

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Celebration of Jasmine's Rhodes Scholar interview 11/20/2011

Jasmine was selected as one of ten students to interview for the Rhodes Scholar. Only two students from this interview will be chosen. Jasmine applied for the Rhodes to study law in the UK. Please join us to celebrate Jasmine's accomplishments and to support her work as an advocate for justice on Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. 3000 W. Grand Avenue, Waukegan, Il 60085.

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Crime victims seek more say in judicial process 11/07/2011

Years after her 11-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted, Denise Rotheimer wants the right to sue the Lake County prosecutors who sent the offender to jail, saying they defamed her child by telling the judge that the girl "had issues."
-- Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune

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Today's Chicago Woman: On a Mission for Survivors 4/5/2011

Denise Rotheimer fights for legislation sponsored by State Representative Rita Mayfield to help sexual violence victims.

Springfield Lobbyist, Lyn Schollett, General Counsel of Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault opposes HB1237, the Survivor Rights Act during the Judicial II Committee hearing

Committee Hearing Date: 3-17-2011

Enforce Justice December 2011

Denise discusses the T.E.A party movement with activists, Lenny Jarrett, Lenny McAllister and Heath Hummell.


Jasmine's Law Victory Party 6/16/2010

The Jasmine's Law Victory Party was a well attended event in honor of Jasmine and Jasmine's Law. With speeches from the honorary guests, and supporters in attendance, it was a true community gathering.


Jasmine's Law Signed Into Law by Governor 07/29/2010

Jasmine's Law strengthens Illinois laws to double the prison sentence for child sex offenders. Thank you everyone for all your hard work; contacting legislators, signing a petition, and spreading the word.

Jasmine's Law with Governor's Signature

Jasmine's Law a step closer to reality - Chicago Tribune 06/25/2010

Barrington Conference Jasmine's Law 1/9/2010

The Governor's Director of Legislative Affairs Lindsay Hansen-Anderson, State Representative Dennis Reboletti, State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, MOMSV Founder Denise Rotheimer, PAVE Survivor Justice Director Laura Dunn, and Jasmine herself spoke to the community in support Jasmine's Law.


Speaking About Child Predators Before the County Board 1/20/2009

Denise addresses the County Board in regard to her experience and changes needed in terms of victims' rights. The statements by board leadership also shows the need for consistency.