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Ceremony Held For Crime Victims Rights Week

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  Original Published: 4/24/2013

Crime victims were honored and remembered during a brief ceremony Wednesday afternoon, as part of this being National Crime Victims Rights Week. 

Richland County Prosecutor's Victim Assistance Director Jeanne Pitzer spoke of Ohio's new "Roberta's Law", which requires the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to notify a victim of their assailant's release.  Previously, victims had to call the O-D-R-C and ask to be notified.

Domestic Violence Shelter Director Kathy Ezawa said the shelter helps victims through the complicated court system and to get access to social service agencies.

Mansfield lMunicipal Court Judge Frank Ardis says courts provide an important service to victims, by making sure protective orders are enforced.
   
And, city Law Director John Spon encourages the public to report crime, and potential crime, to the police.

The theme for Crime Victims Rights Week is "New Challenges, New Solutions". 

   
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