Whether a family member has been murdered, raped, robbed, or burglarized, or it's you who was the crime victim, dealing with crime has become almost an everyday occurrence. Even if you are not personally impacted by crime, seeing the images of it in the news, and worrying about whether or not you will be next, can take its toll on what is known as the "Just World Hypothesis," namely that if you do the right thing, if you live your life the right way, nothing bad will happen to you or your loved ones. Unfortunately that is not always the case and everyone needs to know what to do to help themselves, or their loved ones, to restore that sense of trust and homeostasis without becoming going to the other extreme of denial that bad things happen to good people, as the bestselling book of the same title/phrase put it. I teach Victimology at one of the major criminal justice colleges in the world. I also have a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.A. in criminal justice. I am the author of the classic nonfiction book, VICTIMS, originally published by Scribner's and released in 2015 with a new introduction. I have worked on a crime victims hotline and I regularly interview crime victims such as a woman I'll call Val who was a guest speaker at my Victimology class yesterday. Not only is she the survivor of domestic violence -- her ex-husband used to hit her -- but her beloved cousin was killed by her husband a year ago. Although the body was never found, the victim's husband confessed to the crime and on February 7th, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Talking about her cousin's life and murder helps Val to cope with what happened.But do we usually let crime victims talk about their own victimization or what happened to their family members or friends, or do people consciously or unconsciously tell people to be silent because their stories are upsetting? This program will share about what we know about the stages crime victims go through and how you can help loved ones or yourself to deal more effectively with being the victim of a crime. I was personally inspired to research and study crime victims because when I was 20, my 23 year old brother was the victim of a senseless mugging; he died several days later from his stab wounds leaving behind a wife, a 5 year old adopted son, and a second son, who would be born 2 months after his murder, that he unfortunately never lived to see.