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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, April 10, 2014:
The number of serious crimes reported has gone down for much of the past two decades.
Even though the reduction in crime can't be easily explained, it's good news for society as a whole.
However, crime rates are just statistics -- they're numbers.
There still are thousands of murders, rapes, assaults, and robberies committed across the country. If someone is a victim of one of these crimes, it doesn't matter that there are fewer of them overall -- all that's important is that person may have had their life changed forever. It may mean they live in fear or become anxious or lost something of value to them.
Many crime victims used to feel like they were victimized more than once -- initially during the commission of the crime and then by the criminal justice system. Today, crime victims have a more significant role in the process. They are informed when the criminal is released from prison and can testify in court about the impact the crime had on them or their families.
April 6 through 12 is National Crime Victim Rights Awareness Week.
To discuss victims and describe their rights on Thursday's Smart Talk are Pennsylvania's Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm and Jeffrey Blystone, Victims Compensation Assistance Program Manager with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Are you a victim of a crime and have questions or need help? Visit ova.state.pa.us or www.pacrimevictims.org
Jennifer Storm & Jeffrey Blystone
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