Share Your Story…

Remember eveshare your story pleaseryone…share your story, shout it out, and say it clear, so the whole world can hear – why – because your story is important, and it just may help save another person.

There are so many others going through similar horrifying situations, and the more we share, the more solutions and attention to the seriousness of stalking will be created.  So please, please share.  I know it’s hard…I have tried to share as well, and there are still things I will not reveal to the general public at this time.  And that’s okay – you don’t have to share your name or the place you are from, just what you have experienced or are experiencing, and what has happened in your situation.  What isn’t working, what has worked, who has helped you, what help you may need from others, or what suggestions you have for others.  It’s all important.

“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.” ~ Millard Fuller

 

Every day I think of you…especially on rainy days

Today was a very rainy day.  Every day I think about Morgan, but on rainy days I pretty much can’t think of anything else, but Morgan.

This is one of RainMorgan’s many pictures of the rain…she loved the rain.  If she woke up in the morning and it was raining she would squeal and run out onto the back deck of the house, arms raised to the sky with a big old smile on her face and get soaking wet.  I always smiled while I watched her.  It was like watching a little child seeing the rain or snow for the first time, so much excitement as though it was the first time, every time.

Later on Morgan found the following picture on the internet and downloaded it on to her computer – perfect…she now knew what kind of person she was.  She was a pluviophile, a lover of rain :)  I wonder how many other pluviophiles are out there.

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So I guess I can honestly say, “Morgan always danced in the rain” she did what she enjoyed, and she definitely lived her life fully.  I just wish she was still living it.  But I am still learning from her, I still remember to run out in the rain, to look up in the sky at the stars & the moon, to watch and listen to every little bird that decides to fly down and look at me and to really listen to people always being present.  Life isn’t about having the most money or looking the prettiest it’s about enjoying every moment, and showing your love for each other.  It’s about really learning all the lessons life is trying to teach you.  And the best part is when you realize what your true purpose in life is all about, and you embrace it….Morgan, when I look up in the sky on a rainy day I still imagine you dancing through the Heavens with a big smile on your face, and it make me happy, and it makes me cry.

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Crime & Victimization in the United States

 

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Crime and Victimization in the United States by the Office for Victims of Crime

The Office for Victims of Crime is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT
THE STATISTICS IN THIS OVERVIEW

The information presented in the following statistical overviews reflects the findings in the reports and other sources cited for each topic. The data are based on the best available information as of August 2014. Since then, updated data have become available. The latest Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) study, Criminal Victimization, 2012, is available online at www.bjs.gov. The latest FBI statistics, Crime in the United States, 2012, and additional statistical tables are available online at www.fbi.gov. The information included in the Resource Guide relies primarily on reports published by BJS and the FBI, as well as statistics calculated using online data tools available from both BJS and the FBI. These data tools are freely available and can be ac-cessed online at www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=nvat (for the NCVS data tool) and www.bjs.gov/ucrdata (for the UCR data tool). These tools are user-friendly resources that permit interested readers to generate additional statistical tables that suit their particular interests.

Each statistical overview includes both text and graphics. Graphics are included in this year’s Resource Guide to provide a visual repre- sentation of the data. Please note that, on the charts and graphs that accompany the statistics, the percentages do not always add up to 100 because the numbers have been rounded.

Crime and Victimization – When considering crime and victimization statistics, we can only analyze or report on crimes that are measured or counted in some way. The United States has long-standing national data collections for serious violent crimes, such as homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, as well as property crimes such as burglary.  Crime in the United States has declined measurably for decades. Between 1993 and 2012, the violent crime rate declined 67.3 percent from 79.8 to 26.1 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older. During that same time period, the total property crime rate declined 55.7 percent from 351.8 to 155.8 per 1,000 households. Although the decrease in crime has been steady and remarkably consistent, criminologists have reached no widely held conclusions about the reasons for these patterns.

There are however some general patterns. Males disproportionately commit criminal offenses, particularly violent crime (see “Homicide”), and certain crimes are predominately committed by men against women (see “Stalking,” “Intimate Partner Violence,” and “Sexual Violence”). Young people (age 16−24) experience the most crime both in terms of victimization and offending as compared to other age groups (see “Child, Youth, and Teen Victimization”).

Our national crime statistics provide an important resource for our understanding about crime and victimization, but these statistics do not cover all crimes, or all victims. While the scope of crimes included in national collection efforts continues to grow, gaps in our knowledge still exist, particularly for emerging crimes, including elder victimization, human trafficking, financial crimes (especially Internet-based frauds), stalking, and mass casualty crimes. An additional issue concerns our understanding of the broader effects of crime, especially measuring the direct and indirect harm to victims caused by crime and identifying the impact of exposure to violence, particularly for children. The limitations in our knowledge of these areas should not be interpreted as diminishing the importance of these crimes or the harm experienced by these victims but rather should signal the need for continued work by researchers.

Uniform Crime Report – The Uniform Crime Report (UCR), launched in 1929, collects information reported to law enforcement agencies on the following crimes: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Law enforcement agencies also report arrest data for 21 additional crime categories (e.g., forgery and counterfeiting, drug abuse violations, disorderly conduct, vagrancy). Each year, the FBI issues a report on the main UCR findings, titled Crime in the United States, as well as several other reports (e.g., Hate Crimes 2012 and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2012).1 The UCR presents crime counts for the entire nation, as well as for regions, states, counties, cities, towns, tribal law enforcement, and colleges and universities. Its primary purpose is to provide reliable criminal justice statistics for law enforcement administration and management.

National Crime Victimization Survey – The methodology for the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which began in 1973, differs from that of the UCR. The NCVS is based on interviews with a nationally representative sample of U.S. households and is conducted by U.S. Census Bureau personnel at six-month intervals for three years. All household members age 12 and older are interviewed. The NCVS collects information on the frequency and nature of the crimes of rape, sexual assault, personal robbery, aggravated and simple assault, household burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft; it does not, however, measure homicide or commercial crimes.

Note from Toni: “All the statistics rely on local law enforcement to collect and report those crimes, but if local law enforcement does not honestly report those crimes then the statistics will not reflect the correct picture of those crimes, and there is no national database at this time for cold cases – this needs to be addressed.”

The survey gathers information on crimes both reported and not reported to the police, estimates the proportion of each crime reported to law enforcement, and describes the reasons victims gave for reporting or not reporting. The NCVS also includes questions about victims’ experiences with the criminal justice system, possible substance abuse by offenders, and how victims sought to protect themselves.

The NCVS collects periodic age and demographic information about both victims and offenders (e.g., age, sex, race, ethnicity, marital status, income, and educational level, as well as offenders’ relationships to their victims), and includes information about the crimes (time and place of occurrence, use of weapons, nature of injury, and economic impact).3 The NCVS also publishes supplements on specific crime issues such as stalking or school crime.

Differences between the UCR and NCVS – Although the categories of crime covered by the UCR and NCVS overlap, their methodologies differ, and the studies serve different purposes. The UCR covers all victims of reported crime (including non-persons such as businesses as well as persons of all ages), but the NCVS gathers data on crimes against people age 12 and older. The UCR covers homicide, arson, and commercial crimes, which the NCVS does not measure. The studies use somewhat different definitions of some crimes, and they report crime using different bases, e.g., per capita—crimes per 100,000 persons (UCR) versus crimes per 1,000 households (NCVS). The UCR measures crimes actually reported to law enforcement nationwide, and the NCVS addresses crimes not reported to law enforcement.

 Crime Trends – Trends in criminal victimization over time can provide use- ful insights by situating annual data into a broader context. To estimate these trends, criminologists rely on the two na- tional sources of crime data: the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). These two measures vary in the way they collect crime data with the most significant difference be- ing the source upon which each relies. The UCR measures crimes known to local and state law enforcement and in- cludes victims of all ages as well as non-individual victims (such as commercial entities). The NCVS relies on victim reports and is based on a large, nationally representative household-based sample that gathers victimization informa- tion from individuals age 12 and older. The NCVS provides a complementary measure to the UCR and offers important insights into what criminologists call the “dark figure of crime,” or crimes that go unreported. As both the UCR and NCVS have been collected for years, these two sources pro- vide the necessary data to better understand crime trends in the United States. Trend data from both sources indicate that crime has decreased substantially, particularly in com- parison to crime rates from the 1970s and 80s. UCR and NCVS data from the 2000s also continue to demonstrate a downward trend, although occasional fluctuations occur for some crimes, including a recent uptick in violent crime beginning in 2011 and continuing into 2012.

 This will be continued on tomorrow’s post…thanks for reading.

 

 

Morgan I’ll Miss You Until We Meet Again…

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Exactly 3 years ago I shared this picture of Morgan. One of Morgan’s friends (Gabi) superimposed the saying over Morgan’s picture and I wanted to share it again today with all of you.  It’s so Morgan, always with her camera.

Morgan loved life and lived it to it’s fullest.  She never wanted to leave – she had so many wonderful plans for her future, until a horrible, sick stalker took them all away.  Every single day, since her death, I still experience the feeling of a deep, guttural, and primal scream, a scream that I repress, but one that still wants to come out of my body. I experience this every time I think about how Morgan should not have been taken from us.

But then when that horrible pain bubbles up from the depths of my soul a strange thing always happens, I feel a warm “blast” hit me in my right shoulder & upper back. This “blast” soothes away the pain and allows just the tears to flow from my eyes. I know this warm “blast” is a blast of love from Morgan – she is not gone, she is just no longer on this same plane, and I know I will see her again some day.  Morgan encourages me to fight on for justice.  Justice for Morgan, justice for other victims of stalking, missing persons, and cold cases.  All cases that have loved ones, just like our family, that want, and deserve justice.

With love and gratitude for my loving youngest child Morgan.

Toni  (Always Morgan’s Mom)

April 21, 2015 – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Event in Denver, CO

Tuesday, April 21st: 
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Event

Location: Denver Wellington Webb Building, Atrium

201 W. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 12:00

 

Guest Speakers: 

Cynthia Coffman, Colorado Attorney General 

Tammy Anckner, Author & Accidental Advocate 

Matt Anckner, Survivor & one of the faces of Denver’s ‘Start by Believing’ Campaign 

Karen Klein, Colorado Area Coordinator, HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response 

HOPE AACR “Comfort Canine” Teams will be present during the event

“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.” ~ Millard Fuller

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the nation to confront and remove barriers to full justice for all victims of crime. Each year, communities across the country revisit the history of the victims’ rights movement and recommit themselves to advancing the progress already achieved. This year’s theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—focuses on the role communities play providing victims with the support they need to pursue justice and recovery.