National Crime Victim’s Week

April 7-13 is National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. It honors the past and creates hope for the future. My brother was a victim several years ago. He went to the Utility Co.  in W. Seattle to pay our mother’s electric bill when someone assaulted him. The police found him unconscious. He had defensive wounds on his hands and had a large bleed in his brain, besides the fact his brain was sheared. The doctor said he was probably beaten with a crowbar or pipe with the extensive damage. It took three years before he was able to talk, walk, and eat again after extensive therapies. He still suffers with headaches and memory loss. Since then, there are services and referrals for crime victims.

Victim Connect Resource Center: http://www.victimconnect.org or call & text # 855-4VICTIM. Love is Respect: http://www.loverespect.org or call # 866-331-9474. Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: http://www.childhelp.org/hotline or call # 800-4-AChild. National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org or call # 800-799-SAFE. National Human Trafficking Hotline: http://www.humantraffickinghotline.org or call # 888-373-7888. These are some of the numbers, but there are others you can contact through the Victim Connect Resource Group.

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