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April 19, 1989 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 30 golfers hacked their way around Ron Jaworski's Eagles' Nest Country Club in Sewell to support a charity tournament as part of the National Crime Victim's Rights Week. After the golf outing last Wednesday, more than 100 people from politics, law enforcement, medicine and business sat down to a buffet lunch and heard state Attorney General Peter N. Perretti Jr. praise the Gloucester County Victim/Witness Advocacy Program and the ordinary people who lend a helping hand to victims and witnesses who often are in need of emotional and financial help.
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April 25, 1991 | By Sergio R. Bustos, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun was going down two evenings ago as Art Benica described to a gathering how a young woman was slain last year while working as a night clerk at a motel in Virginia Beach, Va. He told how the woman had screamed, begging two robbers not to hurt her. He told how the two thugs took $230 from the cash register and then discussed who would kill her. The woman killed by a shot to the back of the head was Benica's sister-in- law, Julia Benica....
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September 18, 1992 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
The latest criminal scam in South Philadelphia's Asian-American community is one of the oldest in the book: A well-dressed Asian man comes to the door. He says he's new in the neighborhood and needs directions. The victim, often Vietnamese or Korean, is sympathetic and invites the visitor inside. "If you open the door, suddenly others force themselves in," said Chinh V. Dinh, president of the Vietnamese Catholic Community in South Philadelphia, describing the scheme. "They tie up the victims, intimidate them, ransack the house and threaten to kill the victims if the robbery is reported to police.
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April 11, 1989 | By PAUL DiLORENZO
A large hole remains in a spot originally designated for a criminal justice center - a symbol of indecision and confusion about how the public was supposed to be served by the building. Whether a new center is built on that spot or somewhere else, an important question remains: How will the victims of crime be accommodated? Obviously, the cost of a new center, the choice of contractors, its location and other matters are important considerations. But let us not forget that the central party in the system is the victim.
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April 21, 2012 | By Reity O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crime victims will be honored at a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Burlington County College Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly. The event, sponsored by the office of Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi, marks the start of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a weeklong recognition of victims. The public is encouraged to attend. This year's theme, "Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim," targets the need to expand services to all crime victims. According to national statistics from the Department of Justice, more than 50 percent of crimes are not reported each year.
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November 3, 1991 | By Marc Freeman, Special to The Inquirer
When the man on trial for raping your daughter is seated just rows away in the courtroom, how do you stop yourself from taking the law into your own hands? If a member of your family has been killed or assaulted and the investigating police officers don't have time to answer all your questions, to whom can you turn? The answers can be found through an area agency that helps crime victims and their families overcome the trauma of being crime victims. The Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)
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October 5, 1986 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
For crime victims in Chester County, help can be just a telephone call away. The Crime Victims Center of Chester County has a 24-hour hotline for those seeking help or information. The free services range from offering a sympathetic ear to counseling referral to providing information about how the legal system works. The number for help after a sexual assault is 692-7273. For help after other crimes the number is 692-7420. The phones are answered by trained volunteers. Constance Noblet of Malvern, a registered nurse, has been the director of the center in West Chester since it opened 15 years ago. "Originally, we opened as a rape-crisis center," Noblet said.
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November 5, 1987 | By Francie Scott, Special to The Inquirer
Oct. 12 is a date that Bill and Norma White will never forget. The couple locked the doors of their Plymouth house about 5 p.m. and drove to a nearby restaurant for dinner. When they returned about an hour later, the security chain on the back door had been torn out and many of their treasured possessions had been stolen. A storage chest containing a silver dinnerware service for 12 was missing from the spot it had occupied in the dining room for 30 years. Norma's mother had given the chest to her daughter as a wedding present in 1953.
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July 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - More victims of sexual violence will be notified if their attacker moves, takes a new job, or has other changes in his or her status as part of a new partnership announced Tuesday by state law enforcement officials and victim advocates. Under Pennsylvania's Adam Walsh law that was signed into law in 2011, the State Police is responsible for notifying victims when a sexually violent offender registers with its Megan's Law unit or if the offender changes jobs or addresses.
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May 8, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
ONE MINUTE Jesus Garcia was telling the angry men not to worry: If his friend had scratched their car while they parked on a South Philly street, they would take care of the damage, no problem. The next, Garcia was on the ground, getting punched and kicked in the head until everything went black. The police came, the ambulance was called. But by then, the guys were long gone, and with only a partial Delaware plate as a clue, they were never found. Back at work the next day as chef at Lucha Cartel, a Mexican restaurant on Chestnut Street near 2nd, Garcia had a swollen face.
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November 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is seeking to overturn a new state law that allows violent-crime victims to sue offenders whose speech continues to cause them "mental anguish. " In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Harrisburg, Abu-Jamal's lawyers said the measure - signed in October - violates the First Amendment rights of prisoners and was specifically targeted to silence him. Abu-Jamal, 60, is serving a life sentence at a state prison in Schuylkill County for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
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November 4, 2014
ISSUE | MUMIA LAW Free speech jailed I find it difficult to understand how the unrelated activities of someone imprisoned for many years - after being convicted of a murder - can perpetuate the crime and cause its victims to "relive that terror over and over again" ("Legislation will help relieve trauma of crime victims," Oct. 24). Nor can I understand how Harrisburg lawmakers, without hearings, passed a law related to the Mumia Abu-Jamal commencement speech that allows any crime victim, without indicating any statute of limitation, "to file a civil action in court if the criminal engages in activity that perpetuates the crime.
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October 8, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A day after Mumia Abu-Jamal addressed graduates of a Vermont college, a House committee advanced a bill to give the family of the police officer he was convicted of killing a way to shut him up. The bill, believed to be the first of its kind, would let crime victims or their relatives seek injunctive relief if the criminals that harmed them seek publicity from the crime in any way. Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) called it unconscionable that Abu-Jamal - serving life for the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner - could get national exposure with a "taxpayer-funded rant.
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September 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EPITHETS HURLED by a surly crowd. A flurry of blows rained down on two men, singled out because they love someone of the same sex. It sounds like a scene from 30 years ago in some backwater town. But it happened Thursday, police say, when two men were walking two blocks east of Rittenhouse Square to grab some late-night pizza. "I want to find the people who did this," one of the men - whose identities the Daily News is withholding at their request - said last night at his home in South Philly.
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April 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vowing to "become the man my mother raised me to be," a Frankford man who admitted raping four women between 2007 and 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 35 to 100 years in prison by a Philadelphia judge. Matthew Jones, 30, apologized several times to his victims and promised Common Pleas Court Judge Donna Woelpper that he would rehabilitate himself and pay restitution to crime victims while working in prison. "I am truly sorry for all the hurt that I caused," Jones said as his mother, sister, grandmother, and young daughter wept in the rear of the gallery.
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April 11, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THERE WASN'T a monster Corey Feldman couldn't handle in the movies. Feldman, 42, starred in a string of blockbusters and cult classics in the 1980s that Generation Xers and their siblings probably played over and over on VHS tapes until they broke. Feldman slayed vampires in "The Lost Boys," traded wisecracks with Mama Fratelli and her sons in "The Goonies," battled gremlins in "Gremlins" and shed youthful innocence in "Stand by Me. " But monsters lurked in Feldman's offscreen life, too. Adults in the Hollywood system and his own family abused him mentally and sexually, he says, at a time when he was one of the world's biggest child stars.
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February 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
On calendars and in his head, Stephen Gallo tracks the number of days that have passed since his 19-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed by an intoxicated driver. Gallo's mother, Donna, has watched her daughter's friends graduate from college, and seen her son pass his sister's age. Life moves on. But for the Gallos, time stopped the day Rachael Jankins killed Nicole in August 2009. When the Gallos learned that Jankins, 25, was up for parole last year, they took part in a new program that lets crime victims meet privately with the state parole board and testify about the impact of the crime.
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January 14, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Law enforcement went to Lindenwold's Hispanic community Sunday with a message for immigrants in this country illegally: We don't care. We want to prevent crime, and we need your help. Speaking after a Spanish-language Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Police Chief Thomas J. Brennan told a full church, "Anyone's status with regard to immigration is not important. Whether you are here legally or illegally, you're a member of this community and therefore deserve a right to be safe.
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