Melinda Dawson, daughter of murder victim and chair of the board of directors for Ohioans to Stop Executions, stated, "I’m sharing my story now because Ohio has an opportunity to evaluate the needs of homicide survivors and the services available to them. Unfortunately, the Joint Committee on Victim Services established for this task is not conducting a thorough analysis of the agencies that provide services to crime victims, nor is it effectively seeking the input of Ohio victim survivors."Read more
As the electoral season slowly moves on, one of many demographics whose real-life issues and experiences are frequently pandered to but then ignored is that of relatives of those who have been murdered. This demographic includes me. Nineteen years ago, I lost my beloved little sister Jennifer to murder in my hometown, Cleveland.Read more
Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation Executive Director Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan was one of two people who spoke to the Joint Committee on Victim's Services at a meeting of the committee at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Sullivan stated, "one of the most helpful and hopeful signals ever sent regarding support for murder victims' families was the establishment of your committee," said Rev. Jack Sullivan Jr. Sullivan's sister Jennifer was murdered in 1997 in Cleveland. Her murder remains unsolved.