A circus scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20 in Palos Hills is being advertised as a benefit for sexual abuse victims, including an informational booth from a statewide support network for sexual assault victims and a display of T-shirts created by victims, according to the report.
City officials claim that they were unaware of and aren't sold on the focus, which was created by an Illinois-based circus performer who claims she was once assaulted by legendary musician James Brown.
“I support rape victims, and it’s not right and it’s a horrible thing to happen to anybody. But there is always a time and place for everything. All I booked was a circus," Palos Hills Resource and Rec Department Commissioner Mary Jo Vincent, told the Sun-Times.
The circus, which is based in Oklahoma, expressed intent to reach out to Palos Hills for clarification Monday. The circus plans to donate to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
"“We don’t let everybody and their brother in with their booths to try to solicit stuff,” Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett told the Sun-Times. “It’s a family festival, and people go there with their families and not to be solicited by whatever causes are out there.”