Victim Impact Statement Reflection

Please only use the provided videos and A Rip in Heaven as your sources. Thank you.Video links: watch a series of victim impact statements, delivered by four different victims – Aly Raisman, the families of those murdered by the BTK Killer, Denis Sheppard (Matthew Sheppard’s father), and Chanel Miller. These victims were four different types of victims, all of whom were victimized in high-profile cases. The book, A Rip in Heaven, was in many ways another victim impact statement. “The wishes and needs of victims are often diametrically opposed to the requirements of legal proceedings. Victims need social acknowledgement and support; the court requires them to endure a public challenge to their credibility. Victims need to establish a sense of power and control over their lives; the court requires them to submit to a complex set of rules and bureaucratic procedures that they may not understand and over which they have no control. Victims need an opportunity to tell their stories, in a setting of their own choice; the court requires them to respond to a set of yes or no questions that break down any personal attempts to construct a coherent and meaningful narrative. Victims often need to control or limit their exposure to specific reminders of the trauma; the court requires them to relive the experience. Victims often fear direct confrontation with their perpetrators; the court requires a face-to-face confrontation between the complaining witness and the accused. Indeed, if one set out intentionally to design a system for provoking symptoms of traumatic stress, it might look very much like a court of law.”Based on the statements that you watched in the recording and read in A Rip in Heaven, how does the above statement by Judith Herman apply? Did the victims from whom you heard have the experience that Judith Herman was describing? Why or why not?Write a 2-3 page reflection on this question.  

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