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Crime Victim Advocacy Center

St. Louis gets a lot of attention for being "America's Most Dangerous City." But what happens to the victims of crime once the police tape is gone and the media move on to cover the next atrocity? More often than not, the victims are left in the lurch, paralyzed emotionally, if not physically. That's where the Crime Victim Advocacy Center steps in, reaching out to assist those people whose lives have been turned upside down by murder, rape, assault and even lesser crimes such as burglary and identify theft. Founded in 1972 as the nation's first victim-services agency, the Crime Victim Advocacy Center serves as a clearing-house for victims, offering counseling, support groups, information referrals and assistance in filing for state victim compensation. The center sees victims as more than just statistics used to compile rankings. They see them as people who deserve both a voice and a sympathetic ear.

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