I am a huge proponent of the ACLU, I really am, and I think what they do is absolutely needed and I even think we need more of what they do.
With that being said, as a crime victim I see things through new eyes. I can honestly say victims have no rights and I can honestly say good luck finding anyone to help you, even if they are someone you hired and are paying.
It is seriously horrible. We don’t get to know all of the details, we don’t get to see all of the evidence. We don’t get to have the cars our kids were killed in released to the insurance adjuster so that we don’t have to make payments (11 months this took). We have had very short notice on hearings (less than a day). Things change no one tells us (youth probation hearings).
Almost everything in our judicial system is built to protect the accused. We do have a victims bill of rights, but this is obviously left up to interpretation and good luck getting someone to help on that as well.
There is no right side on this. In certain circumstances people accused of crimes get wrongly accused and treated badly, and if people want to admit it or not this happens day in and day out in our country.
Victims get violated over and over again. They get treated like a nuisance and a problem, it honestly feels like if they could get you to go away they would. I don’t know what the fix is, but there has to be something. Anyways, good job Ohio!!
Ohioans have voted to expand crime victims’ rights to more closely match those of the accused. Approval of Issue 1 Tuesday places the new guarantees into the state constitution. They include notice of court proceedings, input on plea deals and the ability for victims and their families to tell their story.