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Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Letson

Sarah Letson is a volunteer writer who has generously volunteered her services since August, 2017. Her writing is featured every month in OCVJC’s newsletter. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Screen Arts and Cultures. From there, she went to work in Brand Management for the Kraft Heinz Company, leading marketing campaigns on Lunchables, Oscar Mayer cold cuts, and Oscar Mayer bacon.

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Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center invites all past and present volunteers to join us for a Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party on December 9th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Party will feature a potluck lunch with staff providing the food. Volunteers are also welcome to participate in a white elephant gift exchange. Plus-ones and future volunteers are also welcome to attend. Please let us know if you will be attending by November 24th.

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Welcome Kristen Saxton!

Kristen Saxton earned her law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in Newport, KY in 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2013, majoring in Business Marketing. Kristen was assigned to the Child Protection Unit of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. As part of the Child Protection Unit, she intervened to protect, and in some cases, remove, abused and neglected children.

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Danger of Strangulation

In the past, strangulation has not been taken as seriously as a crime, particularly in the context of domestic violence situations. Strangulation, sometimes referred to as choking, is the use of hands or an object to restrict blood flow and/or air flow to the brain by compressing the neck.  While some may treat this as just another assault, strangulation is far more dangerous. Strangulation can cause injury to the brain resulting in permanent damage. Even without externally visible injuries, a victim can die weeks after being strangled from internal injuries.

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Farewell to Sarah Larcade

The staff at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center (OCVJC) wishes a fond farewell to Sarah Larcade. Results from Sarah’s hard work can be seen throughout southwestern Ohio. A consummate professional, Sarah devoted her work in the victims’ rights field to Title IX and helping sexual assault victims on campus. In one case, Sarah helped ensure a perpetrator was suspended after he assaulted multiple women. Title IX was not her only focus, as Sarah spent countless hours spreading the word about victims’ rights in meetings across southwestern Ohio.

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Hope Finney Farewell

Hope Finney joined OCVJC in December of 2015 as a Paralegal and Victims’ Rights Advocate. In the past year-and-a-half, Hope helped hundreds of victims across Ohio learn about, protect, and exercise their rights. She assisted victims throughout the criminal justice process and provided them the resources they needed. Hope served as a pillar of professionalism and kindness.

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Welcome Tanice Prince!

Tanice Prince joined Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center as a Victims’ Rights Advocate in July 2017. Tanice graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her passion for helping victims began with volunteering for the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) Online Hotline. Tanice has enjoyed the privilege of serving as a victim advocate at various organizations for the past seven years, providing crisis intervention, emotional support, and resource referrals to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Marsy's Law is on the ballot

, the crime victims’ bill of rights constitutional amendment, will be on the fall 2017 statewide ballot, according to the Ohio Secretary of State. 

Ohio election officials announced the victims’ rights campaign collected 371,749 valid signatures from 54 counties. Ohio law requires constitutional amendments submit 305,591 signatures from at least 44 counties to qualify for the general election ballot. 

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Musical Guest for 2017 Rock n' Jock for Justice: Hebdo

Hebdo is a band comprised of a regional array of musically collaborative characters, that's led by multi-faceted front man, Joey Hebdo.  Columbus is their home base, but they draw great influence from time spent on the west coast as well as the Appalachian region.  Pulling from their collective experiences, they have emerged with an energetic live show drenched in varying musical styles, such as Soul, Americana, Rock, and Folk.  Armed with a plethora of studio recordings and award winning music videos, these players continuously persuade any non-believers with every performance.

Victims Rights Toolkit for Advocates

The is not just a great tool for crime victims, it also serves as an invaluable tool for victims’ advocates. The Toolkit provides a complete list of Ohio and Federal crime victims’ rights and the information is available online 24/7. The rights have been rewritten to decode the legalese and make the information more approachable. Advocates can provide the Toolkit to their victim to let the victim explore their rights.

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