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“Race, unfortunately, is one of the biggest predictors of how victims of crime are treated in the justice system. Black victims are less likely to have their perpetrators brought to justice and less likely to even be seen as crime survivors.
This disparity continues into public health systems, where black crime victims are among the least likely to receive services, even though the majority of homicide and robbery victims in the United States are black males under the age of 24. The problem is people don’t think of African-American males as victims of violence. Instead, they think of young black males as the perpetrators.
The system is even more difficult for African Americans who are poor or may be less familiar with crime victims compensation funds — money set aside in every state to help survivors pay for mental health and other needed services.”