Illinois legislators are looking at an unexpected source of money to reverse cuts in sexual assault services, strip clubs. The idea is to impose a $5 tax on every customer and create a fund to prevent sexual violence and counsel victims. Supporters say strip clubs contribute to crime and violence, so it makes sense. The proposal awaits a floor vote. But the legislation raises questions, among them: Do strip clubs contribute to crime, particularly violence against women? Sponsor Senator Toi Hutchinson is careful not to go too far in linking the clubs and violence. Some studies suggest there's a correlation between strip clubs, alcohol and violence against women. But not every study reaches similar conclusions, and some people are against blaming strip clubs for general increases in crime.
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