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Child abuse survivor recounts horrifying rape experience

Gabrielle Phifer
Medill Reports

Life after being abused can be one of the toughest moments for any person, especially for a child. Patrick Dati was just 9 years old when he was sexually abused in a bathroom at a Chicago department store.

It was difficult being abused but even more difficult when he found out his abuser was responsible for killing over 30 young boys. The shame and guilt followed him for years and there was no one that knew him that saw the signs.

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Video Assistant Referee makes full MLS debut

By Sye Bennefield Jr.

On Tuesday night during the 2017 MLS Homegrown match, viewers at home and on hand had the opportunity to witness the first glimpse of video review technology, although in the scariest of circumstances.

After a collision between FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez and Chivas’ U-20 forward José de Jesús Godínez, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made its MLS debut, four days earlier than first issued.

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MLS and La Liga stars hit the beach

By Sye Bennefield Jr.

Imagine a Copa Del Rey Champion, a World Cup winner, a MLS Cup Champion and a Gold Cup Champion having a kick about on North Avenue Beach with no clouds in sight.

Now reconfigure that image and picture those four individuals sharing an 8’ x 24’ area pitch, against several feisty youngsters. Every single one brimming with confidence and cheekiness in which a child at that age, playing soccer, usually has.

That image was reality, Sunday, when MLS All-Star week officially kicked off.
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Red Stars defeat the Pride — and the heat

By Sye Bennefield Jr.

The only thing hotter than Christen Press Saturday afternoon was the Toyota Park grounds as the Chicago Red Stars defeated the Orlando Pride 2-1.

Press netted a brace for the Red Stars (8-3-4, 28 points) as temperatures were as high as 91 degrees with humidity. Head referee Farhad Dadkho stopped the contest so players could hydrate and cool down.

Yet, that hardly bothered Press as she opened up the scoring in the 29th minute with a lovely Sofia Huerta ball over the top of the Pride’s back line.

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Army takes Warrior Games gold medal; coach has message for team and others

By Sye Bennefield

As the athletes went down the line, both greeting and congratulating each other, Army Head Coach Rod Williams, simply watched.

Chicago played host to the Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games on June 30 – July 8. It was the first time the Warrior Games was hosted outside of a military base or Olympic venue.

Williams was there along with approximately 265 wounded service members and their families. He’s no stranger to competing, he’s been competing against himself from the very beginning.
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