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ESCANABA– Some Delta County agencies say that people always don’t look for available resources until them or a loved one has been the victim of a crime. Four different organizations were an hand at Bay College today to show students and the community the available resources to them in honor of Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
“You never plan to be a victim of something,” said Karen Alvord, Victim Witness Coordinator, Delta County Prosecutor’s Office. “And so sometimes the trauma and the stress and that, you just don’t know where to go so if we can get word out about what services are availible in our area it might be easier to say, ‘Oh yeah, I remember something about this organization.'”
Alvord was on hand with Charles to inform people about what she does, along with the Canine Advocacy Program.
“We walk victims through the criminal justice process,” said Alvord. “And most people don’t understand that process. We have Charles to help people destress and focus.”
The theme of this year’s week long event is, ‘Expand the circle. Reach all victims.’
“Our organization serves victims of drunk and drugged driving crashes, said Betsy Harris, Victim Services Specialist, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “So, for example if your loved one has been killed or someone you know has been injured, they can call us and receive free confidential information and support.”
In the Western U.P., Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell is teaming up with others across the state to promote victims’ rights.
“Every year thousands of citizens are affected by crime,” said Powell. “This year we’re expanding the circle of support for all crime victims.”
To see the full PSA video from Powell, click here.