What is your personal stance on the current state of victims’’ rights in America? Attorney’s fight everyday to ensure the rights of their clients the “Victim”. Today even with new laws being put into the law books that help victims when violated, the courts are still not looking out for those individuals who have in fact be victimized. “Advocates for victims’ rights have long complained that they have been sidelined by a criminal justice system that is focused on the interplay between the state and the defendant”. (Boland & Butler, 2009)This statement alone dictates how the system actually works when it comes to the victim in court.
Most individuals lose sight that there is a victim most of the time and the general public will focus on the defendant and what the outcome will most likely be. Do you believe that the 2004 Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) has been successful? Explain. In 2004 Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) was implemented into the law books to ensure that victims were taken care of and had a voice when it came to the defendant who victimized them. This law has been jeopardized many times as well as amendened time and time again. According to the Crime Victims’ Rights Act 18 U.
S. C. § 3771. The victim has the right to be reasonably protected from the accused. This at times is violated and will make anyone feel that they are not being treated fairly. Most states have passed laws and constitutional amendments protecting the rights of victims in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. “Many victims try to assert their rights only to be turned down by the court”, (Boland & Butler, 2009) and in my opinion the judicial system has broken down not allowing most victims receive the justice they deserve.
Do you agree with the actions of Survivors Network of those abused by priests (SNAP)? Why or Why Not? The Survivors Network of Victims that have been abused by Priest (SNAP) are taking matters into their own hands by making sure that people are fully aware that any priest living in a neighborhood will be hung to dry in the community by making sure they are registered sex offenders. There is no question that these priests should have to face the consequences of their actions, but there is such a thing as rehabilitation.
For the most part many people do not believe that sexual predators cannot be rehabilitated and will do whatever necessary to continue to make sure they live their lives under a microscope giving them little or no chance to a normal life. With SNAP the extreme measures they take to out these priest it would seem too radical, however, victims of these sex crimes would argue that they are necessary. Support groups such as SNAP whose primary focus is to ensure justice is being served can be comforting, but on the other side of the coin everybody deserves a chance to change their lives around.
The nature of these crimes makes communities as a whole feel uncomfortable and the need to protect them from predators is important. SNAP and their efforts are there to ensure that the victims of these crimes are being made to feel that their interest do matter, since it is obvious with governments actions as a whole has let these individuals live among young children again causing fear among community members. (Sargent, 2007) References: Boland, M. , & Butler, R. (2009). Crime victims’ rights: From illusion to reality. Criminal Justice 24(1), Sargent, Mark A. 1Commonweal; 4/20/2007, Vol. 134 Issue 8, p12-15, 4p.