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Week 4: Responsibility and Participation
Consider this scenario: A woman walks home from a bus stop each night. Normally, she secures her purse in her backpack, but this night she forgets to do so. The purse hanging from her arm is snatched by a thief who has been active in the neighborhood. To say the robbery was the victim’s fault would be considered victim blaming—after all, it is not unreasonable to expect to safely carry a purse in public, and it is the thief who chose to commit the crime. Still, how can one consider the role of the victim without wrongly assigning blame to that victim?
Another victim role is participation in the judicial process to influence an outcome, perhaps through a victim impact statement. Or the victim may be called upon to participate in ways that align with the prosecution or defense.
This week you address two important issues, victim responsibility and victim participation. You explore how victims can change their behaviors to avoid becoming victimized. Also, you examine the effect that victim participation can carry within the criminal justice system.
Analyze opportunity for crime and criminals
Distinguish between criminal opportunity, victim responsibility, and victim blaming
Apply strategies for avoiding victimization
Analyze the effect of victim participation in the judicial process
Analyze the effect of victim impact statements on sentencing
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Reflect on this week’s introduction and the theories covered in Week 3. Now, imagine that you are a law enforcement professional given the task of speaking to a community group about how to minimize the risk of becoming the victim of a crime increase in that community. Your goal in this Discussion is to detail some strategies that members of your community can take to reduce criminal opportunity. However, one important goal is to not inspire victim blaming in your community or to stray into aspects of victim blaming yourself.
Imagine that you are a law enforcement officer tasked with addressing your community about an increase in a type of crime. Your instructor will assign you to one of the following crime types:
Burglary during the summer months
Online identify theft
Aggravated assault near subway stops
Reflect on how you would address and educate your audience about the criminal opportunity that has been presented due to certain actions in the community.
Post a response to the following, written as if your audience is your community:
Explain how victims in your community
Week 4 Discussion
As temperatures increase so do the temperaments of individuals and the percentage of
crime rates including burglaries. Edwards (2020) illustrated that on average burglaries rise by
about 10% between the summer months (Jun-Aug). Based on a survey used to identify which
months account for the most burglaries Edwards (2020) found that June accounts for 11.3% of
burglaries experienced by respondents while only 5% of the burglaries are experienced in
Victims and potential victims of burglaries may contribute to the opportunity that arises when
an offender decides which location, they are going to burglarize without even being aware that
they are doing so. A person sleeping with their window open at night or even during the day to
get airflow makes it easier for an offender to burglarize their property. Another possible
contribution is when individuals lock their doors but again leaving their back windows open
because ‘they are in the fenced backyard’ when they leave their home whether it be for a long
period or short period. On average a burglar spends 8-12 minutes in a home (Tholen, 2020) while
on average a trip to the grocery store takes 41 minutes (Lake, 2020). Leaving any access open to
their property while they are not on the property contributes to the crime or the potential for them
to be a victim of the crime.
Victim blaming is an approach that holds an injured party partly responsible for what
happened in this case their home being burglarized (Karmen, 2020). The only way a victim of
burglary would be held partly responsible for the crime is if they knew about the crime or were
involved with the crime. They would not be held partly responsible because they left a window
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open while they ran to the store for a missing ingredient even though it could have contributed to
their house being the target of choice. It is the victim’s responsibility to report the crime to the
proper authorities as soon as possible, cooperate with law enforcement and the
investigation/case, testify at the defendant’s trial, and always notify the authorities if your
personal information such as your address changes (Rio Rancho, n.d.). As long as the victim
takes the proper precautions and reports the crime to the authorities as soon as they know about
the crime, they can potentially keep themselves from being a victim or falling victim to burglary
a second time.
Edwards, R. (2020, July 24). 8 Surprising Home Burglary Facts and Stats. SafeWise.
Karmen, A. (2020). Crime victims: An introduction to victimology (10th ed.). Boston, MA:
Lake, R. (2020, July 2). Grocery Shopping Statistics: 2
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