Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

4232 Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076

4275 Old Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031

24-Hour Support: 847-872-7799

Main office: 847-244-1187

zcenter’s Mission

To provide a place where survivors of sexual assault and abuse can heal, and to mobilize the community toward action to end sexual violence.

Has Your Teen Been Sexually Assaulted?

Has Your Teen Been Sexually Assaulted?

The Psychological Signs of Sexual Abuse

By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPCS, Teen Angst

Posted November 30, 2011

7 Ways to Help a Teen Survivor of Sexual Assault

7 Ways to Help a Teen Survivor of Sexual Assault

Advice from an advocate for survivors of sexual assault

By Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD, The New Teen Age

Posted July 19, 2012


Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse

Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse, by Dr. Patti Feuereisen,‎ Caroline Pincus (Contributor) (2009)

From The statistics are staggering. One in four girls will experience sexual abuse by the time she is sixteen, and 48 percent of all rapes involve a young woman under the age of eighteen. It’s not surprising then, that in a society where sexual abuse of young women is rampant, many women never share their stories. They remain hidden and invisible.

In her pioneering work with young survivors through the last thirty years, Dr. Patti Feuereisen has helped teen girls and young women to find their voices, begin healing, and become visible.

In this revised second edition, Dr. Patti’s gentle guidance and the girls’ powerful stories continue to create an encouraging message: Remarkable healing is possible if girls learn to share their stories in their teens and early twenties. With a new introduction, new chapters, and updated resources, this new edition of Invisible Girls has even more to offer girls, young women, and those who care about them.

Sex Object: A Memoir

Sex Object: A Memoir

February 28, 2017

By Jessica Valenti

New York Times Bestseller

“Sharp and prescient… The appeal of Valenti’s memoir lies in her ability to trace objectification through her own life, and to trace what was for a long time her own obliviousness to it…Sex Object is an antidote to the fun and flirty feminism of selfies and self-help.” – New Republic

Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the most visible and successful feminists of her generation,” Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a memoir that Publishers Weekly calls “bold and unflinching,” Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes on women’s lives, from the everyday to the existential. From subway gropings and imposter syndrome to sexual awakenings and motherhood, Sex Object reveals the painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s adolescence and young adulthood in New York City.

In the tradition of writers like Joan Didion and Mary Karr, Sex Object is a profoundly moving tour de force that is bound to shock those already familiar with Valenti’s work, and enthrall those who are just finding it.

Above review from

Intimacy After Trauma

Intimacy After Trauma


By Dr. Kat Smith

TEDx Talks

Published on January 19, 2017

Navigating romantic relationships has proven to be challenging. In our desire to make a true, heartfelt connection we fail to build a solid foundation for our relationships, which is intimacy. Intimalogy is the study of intimacy and its complexity. In this talk, Intimacy expert, Dr. Kat Smith, shares her story of triumph over trauma. After childhood abuse and date rape, she was able to use her challenging life experiences to open up to the transformational power of love. With today’s challenges of sexual assault and domestic abuse, Dr. Kat uses her past as inspiration and enlightenment to helps to motivate and re-educate men and women on all the components of intimacy, emotional development and the differences between intimacy and sex. She teaches couples how to create the deep intimate connections they desperately desire. Intimalogist, Dr. Kat Smith is America’s Intimacy Expert and formerly a co-host of an ABC radio syndicated show. She is a Certified Love Coach, the author of several books and manufacturer romance and jewelry products. Dr Kat has appeared an expert guest on national and local media. as her work helps singles and couples to expand their capacity to love and be loved by learning to embrace growth and change that heals and enriches not only their intimate relationships but all life relationships. For more information visit This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Why Are Memories of My Past Trauma Coming Back Now?

Why Are Memories of My Past Trauma Coming Back Now?

May 18, 2015

By Lisa Nosal, MFT


Girl Explains Rape In 11 Tweets …

Girl Explains Rape In 11 Tweets, And Everyone Must Read Them

May 2017

By​ Stella


(My personal note: Arousal is a physiological response to one’s sexual organs being stimulated; it’s wired into our bodies, thus these bodily responses are out of our control.

Desire is our psychological wish to have sex with someone; it’s something we want to do. It’s a very different thing than arousal because it is our specific feelings for the other person.)