Update by me 13 April 2012
Hi all, It is great to see all the conversations and sharing of thoughts here. I have posted the very first Impact Statement that has been sent to me and been authorised by the author. Here is the link https://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/victim-impact-statements/ Remember if you would like to make a statement on that page here is the link to do so! or here https://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/in-my-own-words-victim-impact-statements/
Update by me 15 March 2012
Seems to of opened a can of worms. I expected some debate but I want to get it right up front, rather than make 7 changes over 1 week for various reasons. First and foremost for me is victims of crime.
Whilst I can understand other views and feel they are entitled to them in relation to their own loved ones been punished for years and or life in jail….
The bottom line is most guilty people will lie to the death, to their loved ones and anyone else who wants to hear them over their crimes and or involvement and culpability…
“In my own Words” is a section I think is worthy here-Victims and family of victims Have your say!
Do you folks agree with me. I often receive letters/emails from victims and or the survivors left behind after awful crimes, long after the media has dropped off and moved to the next story. I am very aware that a lot of folks do not feel they get a real say. Now I cannot promise or even to offer that they will here, but I can say is a lot of readers come here every day and feel the same way as I do, and feel for victims of crime.
I propose to allow privately verified victims and family members to have a unique opportunity to have their say and let others know what the courts or media denied them. I think they have a right to be heard and I am having an educated guess that all the readers here and subscribers and other twitter folks etc. would be more than willing to receive, accept and share those so important feelings that often get ruthlessly cut off by media and or courts as if irrelevant or not important.
Well if the victims feelings on a crime is not important than who is. The welfare of the crim inside jail? Whether his or her telly is big enough?
I am not interested in those scum bags but am in voicing the victims and their families.
If I read my audience here correctly I am pretty sure the majority will agree with my view and we can facilitate a way to make this happen for folks. We have a good readership of people who care so please come forward and email me with your stories.
I will always treat you with the respect and PRIVACY YOU DESERVE, but if you wish to announce things to the world things the courts or media did not or wouldn’t cover, here is your chance.
At least here you know thousands of people will be reading your important statement each week. And not be written off as “Irrelevant” by some crusty old JUDGE
You will have the option if you want to allow comments to your statement or Not!
I DON’T LIKE TO USE A COURT TERM, BUT THE CLOSEST THING I CAN THINK OF IS HAVING THE VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT YOU NEVER GOT TO SHARE IN COURT HERE FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS’ TO READ
With utmost respect