“There are legal obligations to assist the criminal, but who is there to help the families of the victims?”
When I was chosen as the narrator for the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network recent informational and fund-raising video production, that’s the line in the script that caught my attention.
Who DOES help the families of murder victims? Where IS the support for individuals and families whose lives have been ruined by violent crime?
In my new home state of North Carolina, the answer to those two questions is the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NC-VAN).
The well-produced video is an uncomfortable video to watch at first because none of us like to hear about or watch the suffering of others.
But without NC-VAN, many impacted North Carolina families would be completely adrift in some of the most awful ways one could imagine. NC-VAN gives violent crime victims and their family a kind of anchor, some direction and a bit of hope in an otherwise seemingly hopeless situation.
At the end of the video, it is the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network that asks for the help it so willingly offers others everyday. It is financial help they need. It is financial help they deserve.
If you can help them, I hope you will. Thank you.