Too often victims of crime are treated merely as a piece of evidence in a case. Yet, the law affords victims rights. Among these are the rights to be notified, present, and heard at criminal justice proceedings; and the rights to privacy, protection, and restitution.
Together we can ensure that these rights are not mere words on paper. 2013 is our year to make victims’ rights a reality. We must envision justice and implement practical steps to move us forward.