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Ontario DA hosts ceremony to honor, raise awareness for crime victims

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The Ontario County District Attorney’s office held a ceremony on Monday to honor National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, focusing on community support for crime survivors. Hosted in the sessions room at 74 Ontario St., the event aimed to educate the public on assisting those affected by crime. This year’s theme, “How would you help? Options, services, and hope for crime survivors,” emphasized available resources for victims.


District Attorney Jim Ritts stressed the importance of community involvement in supporting crime survivors, highlighting various ways individuals can extend help. The ceremony included discussions on the significant roles that friends, family, and local services play in offering support and hope to those impacted.

Guest speaker Matthew Stegner, a retired senior investigator from the New York State Police, addressed the complexities of criminal investigations where arrests are not immediately possible, focusing on victim-centered principles. The event also recognized local law enforcement, community members, and service providers for their dedication to advocating for crime victims.