Illinois state senator Toi Hutchinson
(not pictured on the right) is introducing a bill
that would require strip clubs serving alcohol to charge patrons a five-dollar tax at the door. The revenue would then go toward funding programs that assist women who've been sexually assaulted.
The implication: Strip clubs foster sexual assault.
"Those that visit strip clubs see women's bodies as being 'for sale,'" says Sean Black
, communications coordinator for Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
"Then when they go out in public, that can lead to sexual harassment because it's hard to turn the thought process off once you're outside the club."
Strip club owners, however, heartily disagree. Michael Ocello
, owner of several clubs, told KMOX
think people who have been sexually assaulted or battered, we should as
a society do everything we can to help those people. I think this is an
effort to try to say we're responsible for that. I don't believe
there's any scientific data, not anecdotal but scientific data, that
links the adult nightclub industry to increased levels of rape and
We've got a call in to Senator Hutchinson to see what her response to that is.
In the meantime: What do you folks think?