The Impact of Victimization
Criminal victimization is a frightening and unsettling experience for many Canadians. It is unpredictable, largely unpreventative and often unexpected. Unlike life experiences we choose, victimization is not sought out and never welcomed. It is debilitating and demoralizing, its effects can be often long term and difficult to overcome. Victims may be confused, isolated, fearful and angry. They want to know why this happened and why it happened to them. Victims have little or no knowledge of where to turn to in the aftermath of a crime.
Not only do victims suffer physically, emotionally, psychologically and financially from the incident in which they were victimized they are also burdened by the complexity of the criminal justice system. Additionally, society quickly forgets about victims of crime and may not have the knowledge of how to assist those that have suffered from injustice.
In the great unbalance of our current judicial system, victims, are often forgotten in the in the process of justice and restoration. In fact, those that commit crimes receive more attention from our judicial system and restorative practices that assist in the process of healing and rehabilitation. It is time that our Canadian Police Services, our Canadian community struggle for equality on behalf of victims.
The Five with D.R.I.V.E Foundation has combined advocacy and high mileage events twice since 2004. Society becomes deluded with mass amounts of marketing and media attention that divert each of us away from those that are marginalized. We have all been victims of injustice in one way or another - and yet we remain silent as our neighbors suffer in silence and isolation. Assist us as we embark on a journey to advocate for victims rights in Canada and strengthen the social fabric of our society with education, knowledge and truth.