In this workshop the presenters will discuss their personal and professional experiences as crime victims. They will share the interconnectedness of Jacob Wetterling's abduction and murder which occurred 27 years ago, with their own victimization by the same offender, Danny Heinrich, who victimized many boys in Minnesota in the mid-1980's. They will underscore the importance of advocacy for abuse victims from the perspective of adult male survivors, including the perspective of a therapist versed in working with trauma victims.
Describe the case, the short and long term effects of the crimes from the victims' perspective, and identify the impact and effects resulting the case remaining unsolved for decades.
Describe the communities, crimes and suspects and discuss the cold-case review that ultimately led to resolution.
Identify issues and opportunities to bring about positive change in serving victims/survivors.