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Victim Impact Statement Assistance with Donna R. Gore

  One of the remaining avenues for crime victims to have a voice within the courts is through victim impact statements. Victim impact statements are usually read after trial as a way to get into the record the impact of the crime on the victims along with their friends and families. Donna R. Gore , “LadyJustice,” has first hand experience with the reality of preparing a victim impact statement when her father was murdered and the killer was convicted. She writes on her site: In 1987, Ladyjustice’s victim impact statement would not have won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism….But, it was from the heart.  Looking back now, LJ could have crafted something different…if the emotions hadn’t gotten in the way.  And that is the point.  Having emotions interjected into the narrative and/or verbal presentation is a double-edged sword…  On the one hand, the judge, the attorneys, the defendant and the families need to hear the emotion to understand and to validate the tremendously negative changes in their quality of life and the realities of the situation …

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Shattered Lives: Victim Assistance Program

Shattered Lives Radio and host, Donna R. Gore, are proud to present yet another valuable resource and information for listeners. An in-depth look at victim services will be the topic of the show, relating the expansion of services for victims of crime and violence. As Executive Director of Victim Assistance Program, Leanne Graham sees herself as a leader of the “second generation mass,” carrying the tradition of those who pioneered the victims’ rights movement in the 1970’s. Coming from a family with backgrounds in various areas of the criminal justice system, Graham has been exposed to its diversity, as well as it’s needs. When she moved to the Akron, Ohio area in 2002, her first job was at the Victim Assistance Program. To expand her skills, she began working with victims through her employment with the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties. Victim Assistance Program, established in 1972, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is “to empower the community to restore lives impacted by crisis, violence and tragedy. They assist over 6,000 Summit …

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Shattered Lives Exclusive! “Mr. Madam” Goes Public

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio Exclusively on Shattered Lives Radio, Former male madam goes public! Shattered Lives Radio has touched upon the issue of human trafficking in the past, but one area that hasn’t been given much discussion is from the perspective of a former “male madam” John Pace has agreed to exclusively give Shattered Lives Radio listeners the first, and rare, opportunity to learn about the other side of “the business” and, as a reformed male madam, how he uses his experience to educate others about the pitfalls of trafficking and how to recognize what may be going on in your own suburban backyard. What is a male madam? Just as the female counterpart, he is the one who procures girls for sale to male buyers, a very lucrative business otherwise known as sex trafficking. Often considered a victimless crime, guest John Pace will shed light on the many ways those recruited into this business are forever victimized by it, and how we, as a society, set up our males to pay for sex. “I plan …

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Shattered Lives: Mothers Against Gangs Coalition

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio Mothers Against Gangs (MAG) is a coalition born out of the tragic killing of Martin Alberto Garza in the Imperial Valley of California. Martin didn’t come from a dysfunctional family like those who usually get involved in gangs, Martin wasn’t involved in gangs, but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and was fatally stabbed by a gang member on January 6, 2013. Our guest for this week’s show, Martin’s mother and founder of Mothers Against Gangs Coalition is Yulil Alonso-Garza.  Yuli’s first appearance on Shattered Lives Radio was mere months after the tragic gang killing of her son. She so lovingly described her son, her family, and the close knit community that has helped her through. Listen to the Podcast Mission The MAG Coalition is a collaboration of caring people, friends, and fellow Wildcat and Imperial Valley friends that came together because of the tragic loss of their Amazing son, brother, friend, classmate, Martin Alberto Garza. It is the coalition’s vision to raise awareness about several causes that were …

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Shattered Lives: Police Stories with Jerry Longo

LISTEN HERE! Shattered Lives Radio Host Donna R. Gore did some research back in 2012 for her story The First, the Proud and the Many:The Connecticut State Police Back in the late 1880s, and early 1900’s, police were occupied with the matters of prohibition, the vice squad, and labor disputes. Such areas of concern were frequently ignored due to political influence or local officers  “being on the take.” Public protest spawned a new breed of law enforcement known as” State Police Forces.” The history of the first state police organization is rich and filled with interesting information, much of it linked in the above article. Shattered Lives will take listeners a step further in relaying some of the history of the organization which started with only a handful of officers to over 1400 on staff today. Jerry Longo is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association Museum and Educational Center located in Meriden, CT. The museum displays the rich history of the Connecticut State Police through photographs, displays and video …