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Smart Talk: Crime victim rights

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 9, 2014 1:52 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, April 10, 2014:

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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.

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Jennifer Storm & Jeffrey Blystone

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-10 08:24

    THANK YOU for this show!!!!!

    The car I was driving on 12/22 was struck by a drunk driver. I suffered from a fractured pelvis as a result of the accident and was hospitalized for the very first time in my life. My life has been significantly changed due to this accident - physically and emotionally.
    I received a Crime Victims rights form from the investigating police officer but I viewed it as “just a form to fill out”. I had NO idea so much support might be available for me. I will be contacting my county’s office!

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