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[Female victim advocate, Cheryl Tyiska, speaking on camera.]
What you are about to hear are people with disabilities talking, in their own words, about their victimization and how the victimization has affected their lives.

[Still image appears on screen of disabled person holding a sign across his chest with the words "don't abandon us." Image dissolves into female disability advocate, Linda Spies, speaking on camera.]
There is such a huge amount of underreporting, or not even underreporting, not telling people that we've been victimized by a crime.

[Images of disabled, male and female victims, appear on screen and a document for victim assistance and compensation is superimposed.]

[Female disability advocate, Linda Spies, speaking on camera.]
A lot of people with disabilities are not aware of the services that are out there and what can happen.

[Female victim advocate, Sharon D’Eusanio, speaking on camera.]
In order to empower an individual, a person has to know their rights. They have to know what services are available to them. And that's the first, it’s the key thing, is information.

[Camera pans across a crowd of seated individuals.]

[Female victim advocate, Cheryl Tyiska, speaking on camera.]

You’ve just had an opportunity to hear from victims of crime as they describe for you, in their own words, what happened to them, and how the experience changed their lives. The important thing for you to remember is, if you should ever become a victim of crime, or if anybody you know becomes a victim of crime, there is help available for you. And you do have rights as a crime victim. You don’t have to go through this experience alone.

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