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Voices of the victims

Sometimes, there is raw anger. Sometimes, forgiveness. Standing in open court and speaking directly to someone who has killed or hurt a loved one is an indelibly emotional experience. The words seldom evoke a response from the victimizer, let alone an apology. Yet in a special report, the News-Sentinel explores how victim statements can be essential, even if they cannot repair the horrible damage wrought by a violent crime.


Lodi mom: ‘It’s a struggle to accept what happened’

Maria Ramirez wavered for weeks. At times, she wanted to say nothing. Other times, she wanted to say a lot.

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