vera2The Mediation Center’s Director of Trauma Support Services, Kenton Kirby, was recently featured as a guest blogger for the Vera Institute. In his article titled, Beyond Innocence: “Guilty victims” have suffered too, and deserve our care Kirby writes, “The notion of an ‘innocent victim’ means that there are ‘guilty victims,’ and sadly, many young men of color impacted by violence or who are victims of crime are assumed to be ‘guilty victims.'” He further explains the Make It Happen program which serves young men of color exposed to violence, and discusses the importance of understanding that all parties involved in violence are victimized by it, regardless of their role in the incident.

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