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Victims in the Sandusky criminal trial deserve respect, not criticism, for hiring lawyers. Victims have rights under the law, and lawyers help victims assert those rights throughout the trial. The nature of victims’ testimony in a sexual assault case—recounting incidents in which victims were abused and traumatized as children—is difficult for anyone. Lawyers can support these victims, who are often shocked to have their credibility and integrity challenged by the defense.
“The victims are coming forward to report details that are highly personal and may be embarrassing to disclose,” said Mai Fernandez, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. “It is wise for victims to seek lawyers’ advice on dealing with reporters and media queries, and protecting themselves against the invasions of privacy that accompany such high-profile trials,” she said. Lawyers can counsel victims about protecting their identities and seeking victim compensation for the counseling they may need, Fernandez added.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.