|Mark Reene, PAAM President||
Strength. Resilience. Justice. These words recognize the true characteristics of our crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. The perseverance that victims exhibit to continue on with their everyday lives after being violated is a feat that is not easily accomplished or understood. It takes a strong individual with a resilient attitude to believe that justice will be served on their behalf.
In 1985, the citizens of Michigan passed the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victims’ Rights Act. This act ensures that victims have constitutional rights to be notified and to participate in all stages of the criminal justice system. Its intention is to make sure that crime victims are not forgotten when their lives are changed forever. The Crime Victims’ Rights Act attempts to comfort and protect victims who are partaking in a complex process that they never expected to encounter.
Michigan’s prosecutors are committed to seeking justice for victims of crime. In 2015, more than 5 million individuals were a victim of a crime, and there were nearly 15 million property victimizations (according to the 2015 National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics). In Michigan, that included more than 400,000 victims.