Running head: VICTIMOLOGY 1
Victimology: Victims’ Rights
Running head: VICTIMOLOGY 2
Victim impact statements are oral or written narrations of how a crime has affected the
victim’s life. For instance, a rape victim can be asked to describe the aftermath of the rape such
as suffering trauma or even contracting venereal diseases. These statements are permitted in all
states and are expedient during sentencing and parole hearings, and for these reasons, law
enforcement should inform victims (NCVC, 2012). To most victims of crime, the nature of the
crime does not really matter. Whether it is rape, arson, mugging, breaking and entering, hit and
run, drug-fuelled motor accidents, etc. The bottom line is that somebody caused another person’s
suffering and more often than not, these perpetrators are knowingly or recklessly endangering the
victim. Therefore, informing victims of their right to present victim impact statements should not
depend on the crime but rather be the norm in all situations.
As expected broaching the subject of victim impact statements is not an ea...
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