The trauma of molestation can be compounded by years of secrecy and shame. As a result of the recent arrest of Bill Bricker, the Family Service of Winnetka/Northfield [LINK] is offering Winnetka and Northfield residents a free private session with a therapist to discuss any issues surrounding previous or current sexual abuse.
The arrest of one of Winnetka's most trusted teachers, scout leaders, and Wyoming camp counselors has enabled a number of his alleged victims to come forward for the first time.
However, the detailed coverage of the myriad newspaper stories can often evoke difficult memories for anyone who has ever been a victim of molestation. So this counseling service is available to all Winnetka/Northfield residents who have been dealing with sexual abuse.
During the one-time free session, residents can discuss their options for therapy or other services that are available. This is an opportunity for residents to talk about their feelings in a confidential and safe environment with compassionate professionals. Perhaps for the very first time.
To make an appointment with Family Service of Winnetka/Northfield, call 847-446-8060. Ask for the intake therapist. This organization is an excellent resource that many Winnetka and Northfield residents may not know about. If you have been sexually abused, we hope you take advantage of their services.
LOCATION: 992 1/2 Green Bay Road, Winnetka • West side of the Street, behind the Thrift Shop [across from O'Neil's] Call for an appointment
MISSION: Helping people through life's challenges and transitions by providing counseling, therapy, and community education.
NOTE: If you live outside Winnetka or Northfield and are not eligible for the free session, another helpful group to call is the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE. They can link you with services available in other communities throughout the country.