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Race to Zero 2022

Race to Zero 2022

Sept. 25, 2022 at Independence Grove Park in Libertyville

~ Help Us End Sexual Violence One Step at a Time ~ 
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center seeks to provide quality, comprehensive, client centered services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Services are provided for free, in partnership with the survivor in the spirit of equality, free from judgment or oppression. ZCenter seeks to be an active presence in the community, to speak up in support of, and in partnership with, all survivors of sexual violence.





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Walk-ins welcome & Encouraged
Age 16 and up
All folks welcome

Peer-Led Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

An open group led by survivors, for survivors

Thursday evenings at ZCenter’s Gurnee location

Stating July 7th 5:30-6:30

Must complete an intake prior to start time.

All folks welcome.


Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center Announces Their… FALL 40 HOUR TRAINING
Dates: Sept 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:30-9:30
Saturdays: 9-6 (with an hour lunch break)

Be In Action

We were ready. We were ready to have lunch with you. We were ready to connect with you, and laugh with you, and get into a bidding war with you.

We were ready to tell you we provided prevention education to over 13,000 students in Lake County last year. We were ready to tell you we provided direct client sessions to over 1,000 survivors; 40% of them children. We were ready to tell you that our volunteer base has surpassed 100 individuals contributing their personal time to our ever challenging mission.

We were ready to share our new education curriculum that creates new school leaders and includes parental training. We were ready to introduce you to our new professional staff, further expanding our capacity to serve clients directly. We were ready to tell you that we renovated our children’s art therapy studios.

We were ready to be inspired by the trauma and triumph from our keynote speaker, and our brave survivor telling his story of healing at ZCenter. We were ready to ask for your generosity to make our 18th Annual Luncheon the most successful yet.

And then COVID-19 happened and we are all wondering, what now?

Now we counsel clients remotely. Now we call clients at their homes and connect through confidential video conferencing. Now the counseling team reads informational books together and connects virtually to review client cases.

Now we create presentations and stories to share with students through e-learning. Now we train teachers and parents about how to safely talk to youth during this difficult time.

Now we call survivors while they wait for care in an ER exam room because we cannot be there to hold their hands. Now our 24-hour support line assists clients struggling with difficulties as a result of COVID-19.

Many of you have asked us how you can help during this time…

You can sponsor a table at the luncheon we wanted to have. You and your friends can buy tickets to the event where you were looking forward to networking with colleagues. You can donate in any capacity that you are able.

You have been here for us in the past, and now we ask that you please stick with us during this critical time for what would have been our 18th Annual Luncheon. Show your support for survivors of sexual violence.

Last year, your sponsorships, tickets, and generous donations raised $148,000.

It is a difficult time, and we challenge you, we compel you, we ask you to support the prevention, the advocacy, the crisis counseling, the new trauma and the old. We cannot allow this invisible perpetrator to steal our resources and continue to abuse our families.

Thank you, dear friends, for taking action – our ask is urgent and real. Our doors may be shut, but we are forever open for survivors and those they love. We miss you; miss the hugs, the familiarity, the knowing, and the shared passion for our cause.

Torrie & Team
Torrie Flink
Executive Director

Please reply to our ask by filling out and returning the accompanying form or by making a direct donation today at ZCenter.org/donate


UPDATE: ZCenter Race to Zero

With your generous support we raised almost $42,000! Though we couldn’t be together to run, your ongoing donations remind survivors they are not alone. Thank you for your generosity, looking forward to next year’s race!


UPDATE: BE IN ACTION – 18th Annual Luncheon

It is with the health of the community in mind that ZCenter has decided not host our 18th Annual luncheon this year.

Please consider making a donation as our services have not stopped during the coronavirus pandemic.


Let’s Paint!

Miss Lake County Area 2019 invites you to: LET’S PAINT!

February 8th, 2020 | 1:30-3:30 pm | Zion Methodist Church, 2935 Sheridan Rd.. Zion, IL

We will be painting canvases and putting together self care packages for survivors of sexual abuse


View “Let’s Paint!” Flyer

‘What’s love got to do with it? Practical Interventions for Survivors of Sexual Trauma’ ~ for Holistic Practitioners

Monday, January 27th, 2020, 9am-1pm

Zacharias Center, 4275 Old Grand Ave. Gurnee

Join Lovelight Practitioners in this very special training offered by Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. Learn ways to understand and help your clients/patients who have been through sexual assault & abuse. This training was created as a partnership between Lovelight Health Center and Zacharias Center to support Holistic Healthcare Practitioners’ capacity to support survivors of sexual trauma.

TO REGISTER: Respond to facebook event, or contact ZCenter @ vwalker@zcenter.org.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/859702084488436/

Resources will be available electronically for participants. Refreshments are provided.

FEE: $40 donation made directly to Zacharias Center ON THE DAY AT THE EVENT. Questions – please email Valerie Walker, Director of Services at Zacharias Center, vwalker@zcenter.org. Space is limited; please RSVP early.

This Professional Development event is a program within ZCenter’s ‘Zacharias Education Network’, which provides professional training to practitioners, educators, therapists and first responders.

Outline of Topics Overview of Sexual Violence

Impacts of Surviving Sexual Abuse

  • The Mental Health Continuum & the Brain
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Determinants of Well-Being

Trauma Informed Practice

  • Healing Factors
  • Creating Safe Spaces & Relationships

Empowering  Survivors

  • Crisis Response
  • Accessing Resources & Services

Trauma Stewardship

  • Secondary Trauma
  • Moving from Self Care to Community Care


Download Flyer

Lake County Rising 2020

Lake County residents are invited to come together in a public statement against global abuse and oppression of women.

February 11, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Round Lake Beach Civic Center

– This event is FREE and open to the public.

Lake County Rising 2020 – FLYER

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