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Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
--Unknown

Crime Victim & Witness Rights:

Victims and witnesses have a right to:
  • protection from intimidation and harm.
  • be informed concerning the criminal justice process
  • reparation
  • preservation of property and employment.
  • due process in criminal court proceedings
  • be treated with dignity and compassion
  • counsel

US CodeL TITLE 18 > PART II > CHAPTER 237 > § 3771 § 3771:. Crime Victims’ Rights

The Crime Victims’ Rights Act creates enforcement mechanisms for crime victims. The crime victim or Government may assert the victim’s rights in federal district court. The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) promotes crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing. NCVLI has several initiatives to ensure that victims’ rights are actively enforced.

National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) review of the Guidelines for Fair Treatment of Crime Victims and Witnesses (Fair Treatment Guidelines) to compare with the legal landscape for victims to assess whether the Fair Treatment Guidelines should stand as a guide for the treatment of victims.

Violence Against Women with Mental Illness Issue Brief -- Reviews literature on mental illness and victimization; provides information on relevant mental health or victim service programs and resources; and recommends research, methods of developing policy and programs, and types of training and education to improve services for this population. Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice.

Defense Access to Victims' Homes

A Guide to the Role of Crime Victims in Mental Health Courts -- Nontraditional operations of mental health courts contribute to limited victims’ rights policies and recommends solutions for improving them. The guide includes examples of how mental health and other specialty courts have successfully addressed this challenge. Council of State Governments Justice Center

Responding to People who have been Victimized by Individuals with Mental Illnesses--Outlines steps policymakers, advocates, mental health professionals and others take to understand and protect the rights and safety of victims of crimes committed by individuals found "not guilty by reason of insanity" or otherwise court-ordered to receive treatment in a mental health facility. The publication was supported by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice

Criminal justice officials are finding crime victims want what the criminal justice system rarely offers. Genesee County believe the offender's first obligation is to make amends to the victim and community. The justice system's role is to act as a mediator and ensure the case is resolved fairly.

Who the Hell is Winston Moseley? And Why Would Anyone Care? The case is synonymous with “urban apathy.” The victim’s name, Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, still evokes a sense of lonely horror.

The Courage to Heal - Third Edition - Revised and Expanded : A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual AbuseThe Blame Game: Are We A Country Of Victims?

Ram Dass helps a generation cope with loss. Ram Dass suffered a stroke in 1997, the process of rehabilitation detailed in the documentary, Fierce Grace, sowed the seeds of his spiritual reawakening.


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