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Oct. 5, 2012   
CONTACT:   Anne Nicholas
                   202.467.8714 - ofc 
                   Joseph Kosten 
 202.467.8751 - ofc     

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, child sexual abuse survivor and lawyer Jeffrey Dion will be on hand at the courthouse in Bellefonte, PA during the Sandusky sentencing, to discuss victim impact statements and answer questions about the criminal justice process and sentencing procedures. 

WHO: Jeff Dion, deputy executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime and director, National Crime Victim Bar Association. Dion is a lawyer who has advocated for victims’ rights and protections for more than two decades. Dion’s lobbying was instrumental in gaining passage of victims’ rights legislation in Virginia. He is an expert in the dynamics of victimization and the special needs of survivors, and has worked extensively on victim’s rights issues relevant to criminal and civil trials.  

WHEN: October 9, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Centre County Courthouse, Bellefonte, PA  

WHY: In the U.S., research shows that one out of every three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused before the age of 17. 

As a survivor, lawyer and victim advocate, Dion can describe the issues involved in criminal and civil child sexual abuse cases. He is an expert on the unique psychological issues involved with this crime, as well as the implications of pursuing legal action for those who have been victimized. Dion can speak to the weight given victim impact statements in criminal cases, and can provide insight into the Sandusky sentencing.  

For interviews onsite and additional information, please contact Anne Nicholas at 202.746.0866 or anicholas@ncvc.org. Additional experts, including other survivors of child sexual abuse, are available for media interviews offsite upon request.