Reaching Every Victim

By Lindsay Nielsen

Reaching Every Victim

April 27, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Law enforcement, healthcare providers, counselors, and a community of leaders joined together for a special breakfast Friday morning.

Those who help crime victims were honored and an important message for Crime Victim's Rights week was shared.

"Every six seconds a violent crime occurs, every 32 minutes a murder, every two minutes a woman is raped, every 35 seconds a child is abused and neglected and every hour 50 women are victimized by an intimate," says Joe Farrell with the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Those statistics involve crimes all in the field of helping victims and prosecuting perpetrators are fighting to stop.

Talking about sexual abuse and other crimes is a step towards prevention.

"We didn't talk about healthy sex and so we certainly don't talk about abuse and nobody wants to know that their child's been sexually abused. But one of the things I think we strongly believe is the more open you are and the more education you have the better protected you'll be," says Ronee Brimberg-Clark with the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program.

"Be aware of your surroundings, make good choices, always have somebody with you, don't put yourself at risk," says Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner, Kelly Swartz.

"Parents can look for indicators such as changes in sleeping habits or eating habits, changes in grades if they're older, behavioral changes, fear of staying with some particular person," says Brimberg-Clark.

Reaching more victims is also a goal.

Friday's breakfast honored Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners for their work with victims and collaborating with other agencies.

"Well we get a history, what events took place then we start to talk about injuries that might have occurred, we do evidence collection, we set them up with counseling right away," says Swartz.

"Educate one person at a time and soon you'll have an office that will not tolerate sexual violence, an apartment building that will not tolerate harassment of those who are different from you, a street with no more broken windows in its building, a neighborhood that says it's not OK to assault them, villages towns and cities free of people who look the other way when someone perpetrates," says Farrell.

Officials use Crime Victims Rights week to honor and educate.