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For Program Coordinator Pam Bellrichard, communication is the key when it comes to victims’ rights. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Chuck Nowlen)

‘Victims have rights now … We want to help’

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By Chuck Nowlen

Thirty years ago, nobody seemed to care.

Crime victims had almost no rights or assistance. They were often banned from the courtroom and couldn’t speak up at sentencing hearings. They got no compensation or other help rebuilding after the most traumatic events of their lives. Basically, they were on their own.

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