This is National Crime Victim Rights Week, a week to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, highlight programs, celebrate progress achieved and honor victims and the professionals who serve them.
Here in Columbus and Franklin County, we are lucky to have victim advocates who serve domestic violence and stalking victims as well as victims of crimes of violence with emphasis on sexual assault victims, both children and adults.
The most difficult cases for our advocates and prosecutors involve representing the extended family that survives a homicide victim. They want justice where no measure of justice will equal their loss.
We are lucky to have Marsy’s Law as part of our state constitution, which ensures that victims of crime have equal rights with those accused of crimes.
Every day, our office sees Marsy’s Law work, giving a voice to victims of the most serious crimes — a voice that they did not always have in the past.
You can help ensure that you or your loved ones have the support they need — and inspire them to hope for future progress and healing — by making education about victims’ rights a priority for yourself and your community.
The Franklin County Victim Witness Assistance Unit website has links and resources for your use.
No one ever expects to be a victim of a crime but if that happens in this county, we are there to serve from the time of an arrest to a parole board hearing that might be many years down the road.
Ron O’Brien, Franklin County prosecutor, Columbus