Sage Supports Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 10-16

April 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

In observance and  recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 10-16, The Sage Colleges will be offering several events to bring awareness to this issue, to promote victims’ rights and to honor victims of crimes and those who advocate for them. 

Beyond the Secret: Personal and Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Tuesday, April 12  6pm
The Sage Colleges, Albany campus Gymnasium
140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

No matter where you are today - at a meeting, in a classroom, a coffee shop, a grocery store, a movie theater, or a doctor’s office - look around.  One in four girls that you see likely has been, or will be, sexually abused.   And because many of these children either don’t remember, or don’t report the abuse, the likelihood is that the number of children affected is far greater. 

The abusers are most likely someone that they - and you, know - and know well.  According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, most children are abused by someone they know and trust.  A recent study indicates that only four percent of offenders are strangers. 

This screening and panel presentation is designed for parents, mental health professionals, educators, health care providers, law enforcement officials and other concerned community members.  

Screening "Child Sexual Predators: The Familiar Stranger"
Tina Staford, Esq., Director, NYS Office of Victim Services, narrates and will introduce the video.  New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has released this new video to help parents protect their children from sexual predators.  This video includes interviews with four convicted child molesters who candidly reveal how they operate, three victims who discuss what they wish their parents had known, a psychologist and an FBI agent who demonstrates what can happen when a teenage girl enters an online chatroom.  The video contains mature content.

Following the screening there will be panel discussion, moderated by Danielle Sanzone, the Troy Record.  Panelists include:  Michael Fonda, Prevention Educator, Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Program of Northeast Health; Lisa Smith, Director, Sexual Assault & Crime Victims Assistance Program at Northeast Health; Sharon Cretti, RN, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-A (SANE-A), NYSAFE. 

The event is free and open to the public; limited seating is available.

Those interested may register online at: or by contacting Wendy Diefendorf, Director of Graduate and Adult Admission: (518) 292-8615,

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime

Parallel Justice redefines justice for victims of crime

Susan Herman, Ph.D.Susan Herman, J.D.
Presentation and Book Signing

Monday, April 11, 6-9pm
Kahl Campus Center 224, Albany Campus

This year more than 20 million Americans will become victims of crime. Very few will get the help they need to get their lives back on track. PARALLEL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME presents a new approach, designed to help victims rebuild their lives – now being piloted from Vermont to California – by police chiefs, prosecutors, corrections officials, victim advocates and community leaders.

Drawing on more than 30 years of criminal justice experience, including almost 8 years as executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, author Susan Herman explains why justice for all requires more than holding offenders accountable – it means addressing victims’ three basic needs: to be safe, to recover from the trauma of the crime, and regain control of their lives.

With guiding principles and practical examples of how to respond to victims of any kind of crime, PARALLEL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME (published by the National Center for Victims of Crime) provides a roadmap for everyone who wants to pursue this new vision of justice.

Overview of Parallel Justice and Interactive Session

Victims and survivors of crime, victim service and other providers, advocates, law enforcement, and other concerned persons in the community are encourage to attend.  It is free and open to the public.

Limited seats available, register today!

For more information or to register, contact:
Dr. Carol DiMambro, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
518-292-8629 |

Sponsored by:

Sage College of Albany | Restorative Justice Commission of Albany
Family & Friends of Homicide Victims


Teen Dating Violence Awareness: An Open Forum

Wednesday, April 13, 11 am
The Sage Colleges, Russell Sage campus
Cowee Hall conference room, 4th floor

This informational forum on teen dating violence will offer an overview of services available to victims of dating violence through Family Court and from Unity House Domestic Violence Services.  Warning signs of dating violence may include:  emotional, physical or sexual abuse, restriction of freedom, isolation from family and friends, limiting independence with rules and directions, threats, and harassment.  This presentation is made available by the staff of the Law Project of Unity House Domestic Violence Services. The Law Project provides free legal consultation and representation to all victims of domestic violence.  For more information, contact Maureen McLeod, 518 244-2211,