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July 6, 2014

Prosecutors review crime victim services

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“I didn’t know that there was help for victims. I had to figure out everything on my own,” she said.

Stonebarger ultimately learned about the Victim’s Rights Act, which specifies how district attorneys interact with crime victims. The process would work better, she said, if elected officials faced some consequences for failing to comply with the law.

Stonebarger became active after her son’s death. She said she helped lead a campaign to get the former district attorney voted out of office. She now works in the county probation office and each year coordinates a gathering for families of murder victims.

“People forget, but we never do,” she said. “We live with it 24/7.”

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