Oroville, Calif.—On Monday afternoon victims of crime were honored for their courage, while those who helped them were recognized for their help inside the Butte County Board of Supervisors Chambers.
The theme of the ceremony was to expand the circle and reach all victims and with this week being National Crime Victims' Rights week, the goal is to have victims know they are not alone when they find themselves suddenly going through a difficult time in their life.
The event was organized by the Butte County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Bureau which is a group of trained advocates who coordinate services and help victims through the court process after they've experienced a crime.
Last year the bureau helped 4,153 local crime victims and filed 1,040 claims to the California Victim’s Compensation Board with over more than $692,000 paid out to local victims.
One of those honored today was Gretal Ramirez who not only had her identity stolen, but she was also sexually assaulted by someone who she considered a good friend.
She shared her story in hopes of getting others to speak up.
“Just please reach out to law enforcement if something doesn't seem right. And keep reaching out and providing evidence. Build a case so that they have no choice but to work on it despite their minimal resources. This started off as a financial case and it turned into so much more, you can help save your loved ones from unnecessary pain and trauma," said Ramirez.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey said if anyone needs help from the Victims Assistance Bureau, to give them a call at 530-538-7411.