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The McHenry Messenger

Fox Valley's voice and choice for news.

The McHenry Messenger

Fox Valley's voice and choice for news.

The McHenry Messenger

The story of Sylvia Likens is heartbreaking because it was preventable, and everyone involved in the case should be held responsible for this tragedy.

Crime Scenes: Watching it happen

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 26, 2021

Sylvia Likens was born to fairly poor carnival workers. Her sister, Jenny, had polio and was left with a limp. Sylvia Likens’s mother was arrested for shoplifting in July of 1965. That left their father...

Women and girls feel as though its necessary to protect themselves while unaccompanied in public spaces, even turning to using their keys or other every day objects as protection.

Opinion: Women shouldn’t have to fear for their safety

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

A young woman walks through the parking lot after school, alone and afraid. Her keys are clenched tightly in her fist as she studies the area around her. As she approaches her car, she checks to be sure...

Victims and their allies need a safe space or outlet to take a stand together and speak up when something is wrong. When things are left unsaid, the abuser gains more power, and the abuse will not stop.

Opinion: Help is on the way

Kyla Henige, News Editor November 19, 2019

High school is supposed to be some of the most fun, memorable years of somebody’s life. Memories are made with family and friends, of the good times they’ve had. But what happens when somebody’s...

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