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Monday, March 12, 2012

Strip Club Tax Supporters Drop Research Bomb

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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Some resent the implication at the heart of the "skin tax" bill: That strip clubs somehow foster sexual assault, and thus should have to pay $5-per-patron fee to fund aid to rape victims.

However, as the bill wends its way through the Illinois senate, supporters of the bill are arguing -- now with fact sheets that cite specific studies! -- that it's not a question of causation; it's a question of correlation.

In other words, proponents claim, strip clubs may or may not cause rape, but one of their "negative secondary effects" on a neighborhood is an increase in crime, including sexual assault.

At least the Texas Supreme Court justices recently concluded as much, according to a research packet being circulated by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, and the bill's author, Senator Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights. 

In 2011, those justices ruled that a strip club tax in their state was constitutional, citing a study showing that sex crimes were 20 times more likely to be reported at such clubs compared to regular bars.

To be fair, the sex crimes in question were "public lewdness, solicitation and prostitution," none of which qualify as sexual assault. But are we splitting hairs?

Check out the fact sheets below:
SB3348 Fact Sheets

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