Mental Abuse Appears Prevalent Across Mental Health Facilities

Recently, The Chicago Tribune published multiple articles about the abuse of children in state facilities. If you or a loved one has suffered neglect or abuse in an Illinois facility please contact one of our experienced attorneys. Click here for a list of the types of claims Levin & Perconti handles. Our firm has successfully handled thousands of cases and recovered more than $520 million dollars for our clients.

Children with behavioral and mental issues have been sexually and physically abused at various Illinois facilities. One Chicago Tribune article highlights the abuse that occurs in some state facilities. The residential facilities that the article mentions are tasked with housing state-wards. Though these facilities are supposed to help residents, the article shows that many residents were instead hurt. Illinois residential facilities are often funded with Illinois taxpayers’ dollars. The article detailed the following types of abuse:

Physical / Sexual Abuse

According to DCFS records, the state Department of Children and Family Services received 428 reports alleging a ward was sexually assaulted or abused. A reporter from the Chicago Tribune interviewed several former residents of a particular facility. One young lady recounted memories of peers who were involved in prostitution. Many residents ran away and needed a place to stay while they were on the run. She detailed how some residents gave sexual favors to men in exchange for food or a place to stay. Other former residents recalled sexual abuse they experienced from other residents. Almost all of the former-residents spoke about customary beatings and physical abuse they endured while living at the facility. Many interviewees mentioned the poor treatment they received from the facilities’ staff. Employees of the residential facility often teased residents for being involved in prostitution. Some employees made statements such as, “‘I heard you prostituting. You dirty.” Most of the interviewees stated they did not feel safe while living in the facility.


The article mentioned various Illinois facilities that improperly handled resident complaints. For example, a worker at a facility in Addison, Illinois caught a 17-year-old boy allegedly sodomizing a 15-year-old boy. However, instead of immediately reporting the incident, the worker waited until the next day. Police reported that a group of residents later chased and beat that same 15-year-old boy outside of the facility. Allegedly, residents beat the boy after a member of the facilities’ staff suggested that residents “handle” the 15-year-old boy.

The Chicago Tribune reported various other accounts of abuse and neglect endured by children in Illinois residential facilities. If you, or someone you know, has been victimized in an Illinois residential facility contact one of our Chicago personal injury attorneys. We at Levin & Perconti have experience in all types of serious injury, medical malpractice, nursing home, and wrongful death litigation. If you would like to discuss a potential case, call us today at 312-332-2872 or toll-free at 877-374-1417 for a free consultation.

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