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our 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.

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Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.
Built on the courage of survivors, staff, volunteers and donors, we have been serving the community as a non-profit center against sexual assault and abuse since 1983.

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The health and safety of our employees and clients is of great concern to ZCenter. We are following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control, and are taking proactive steps to implement additional health safety measures in our office to best prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.

  • 24/7 Support Line has increased capacity to anticipate a higher volume of callers 847-872-7799
  • Counseling Services will be provided via telehealth measures and will be determined based on what is in the best interest of our clients. All telehealth measures will be confidential.
  • Medical Advocacy services will be provided through expanded education and referral resources provided to Lake County hospitals. In cooperation with our SANE partners, our 24/7 Medical advocacy services will be provided via telehealth to survivors who elect to have supportive contact with ZCenter advocates during their hospital intervention.
  • Community-based services, i.e. professional training, community and prevention-education will resume when applicable per CDC and governmental guidelines.
  • Our response to client services, as well as volunteer and internship inquiries, will continue via phone or telehealth communication.

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Sunday, April 19th, 2020 – Independence Grove Forest Preserve; Libertyville, IL – Registration: 8:00am – For additional Information, please contact Anna Lehner, Development and Events Manager at or at 847.244.1187 – Digital Invite SIGN UP HERE April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Join us for Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center’s 18th Annual Luncheon – BE IN ACTION Friday, June 12, 2020 | Independence Grove Visitor’s Center – 16400 West Buckley Road, Libertyville, IL | 1:30am – 1:00pm | Registration, Silent Auction & Program – Invitations will be going out in May! Please email Anna Lehner, Development Manager, for …

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ZCenter’s wishes you a new year of prosperity, health, kindness and love, we are eternally grateful for all you do. You can continue to support our mission HERE. 

Read Letter from ZCenter HERE      

Monday-Thursday - 10am to 8pm
Closed Friday

    (847) 872-7799

    Gurnee Office: (847) 244-1187
    Northern Cook County Office: (847) 972-1790


    ZCenter – Lake County

    4275 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031



    ZCenter – Northern Cook County

    4232 Dempster Street, Skokie, IL 60076



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