The State of Crime Victims

Victims’ Voices Are Amplified

In 2018, a year that saw four of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, crime victims took the spotlight to demand justice.[]“Deadliest Mass Shootings in Modern US History Fast Facts,” CNN, updated December 15, 2018.

From the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campaigning against gun violence to Christine Blasey Ford accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and from 150 gymnasts who took the stand at USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing for sexual abuse to six women who testified at actor and comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, victims raised their voices in an attempt to transform the American justice system.[]“March for Our Lives Highlights: Students Protesting Guns Say ‘Enough Is Enough,’” New York Times, March 24, 2018; Haley Sweetland Edwards, “How Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony Changed America,” Time, October 4, 2018; Carla Correa and Meghan Louttit, “More Than 160 Women Say Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Them. Here Are His Accusers In Their Own Words,” New York Times, January 24, 2018; and Graham Bowley and Joe Coscarelli, “Bill Cosby, Once a Model of Fatherhood, Is Sentenced to Prison,” New York Times, September 25, 2018.

Top Things to Know

  1. High profile mass shootings bookend the year—and a group of young people says: Enough.
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  2. Cosby and Nassar held accountable for sexual assault in the era of #MeToo.
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  3. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh grips a nation—but fails to derail his Supreme Court nomination.
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  4. Grand jury’s investigative report details sexual abuse and cover-up by Pennsylvania priests and church leaders.
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  5. Violence Against Women Act expires, a casualty of the government shutdown.
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Facts and Figures

On Our Radar

  • Media and nonprofit reports spotlight the widespread sexual abuse of people with disabilities—and offer insights to those trying to prevent it.
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Vera Staff