Nov 01, 2011
from the video by Marilyn Armour:
Jason Shippy (student): I think the biggest surprise that I learned is that victims of crimes actually want to talk about the offense and actually kind of get a little upset that even people who are fairly close to them just pretend like the crime never happened or that the person who was murdered never existed.
Ellen Halbert: I've always felt that the best thing that a victim of crime can do and especially severe crime is to talk about it. Talk about what happened to them. And long after the crime has happened they'll find out that family and friends and other people don't really want to hear it anymore and I'm here to help them to look for new places. I get them to go to prisons and jails and tell their story and they have agreed with me 100% that talking about what happened to you is what makes the difference.
Panelist (crime victim): I got into this program because I had a friend, that we were friends for 18 years and we never shared what we lived until she was introduced to Bridges to Life. And I just started seeing this change in her. So I started doing the program and things started happening because while I'm going in here talking to people and I'm witnessing, I'm seeing their attitudes change. I'm seeing their esteem change. I'm seeing the way they feel about themselves change. I'm seeing their values change. Their self-worth changed so, of course, that's giving me hope.