TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Advocates in Tippecanoe County are raising awareness for crime victims. A group gathered at the courthouse fountain Tuesday to draw attention to how crime affects people long after the legal process is done.
Advocate Norah Ashcraft works to shine a light on victims' rights and teach people how the court system works as their case progresses.
"Taking yourself out of the picture. Trying to figure out where they are coming from and what they've had to deal with. Assisting them, again, is extremely important." said Ashcraft. "A lot of times they do not understand how the legal system works. To have people there to guide them. To help them along. To advocate for them is extremely important."
Ashcraft says volunteers are needed to help and says groups like CASA for Kids and the YWCA are great places to start.
This is the fourth year Tippecanoe County is recognizing Crime Victims' Rights Week.