Are you or your loved ones a victim of a crime? On Thursday, October 29, Teresa Good, the Montcalm County Crime Victims Rights Advocate will join us and explain, among other things, what our rights are as victims, how the court system operates, the importance of a Victim’s Impact Statement, and how you can be notified when a perpetrator is being released. Ms. Good has worked for Montcalm County as an advocate for crime victims since 2000, and says she enjoys helping others and meeting the challenges that this position presents.
Regardless of what the crime is or how it is perpetrated, victims directly involved will be asked to participate in a series of events revolving around our criminal justice and court systems. This, in itself, can be daunting and traumatizing for some. Ms. Good will explain some of these processes and the services that are available to help us navigate the legal system, deal with our emotions, recapture our security, and continue with life.
Crime does not adhere to socio-economic boundaries. It can happen to the rich, the poor, the young, or the elderly, regardless of race or gender. Some crimes are violent in nature; others rob us of our sense of security, and other crimes are merely a nuisance.
Please join us on October 29 at 7 p.m. at the Village of Pierson Community Building to learn more about this very real and difficult aspect of our lives. Plan to come early at 6:30 for refreshments and to meet your neighbors. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Miles at (616) 204-0378.