BOOK INSTRUCTIVE FOR THOSE SEEKING TO PROVIDE A RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE RESPONSE TO VICTIMS OF CRIME
National Victims of Crime Awareness week (April 13-19), seeks to increase public awareness of victim issues and to remind all Canadians that we must work together to address these matters. The book, A Doctor’s Calling: A matter of conscience, written by Hazel Magnussen in memory of her brother, is meant to do just that. A recent review written by James Loewen and published in the Spring Newsletter of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections states:
“This book is about the life and murder of Dr. Doug Snider, as told by his younger sister Hazel. It is a story about the tragedy of his death, the failures of the public systems designed to protect him and the inadequacy and disappointments around the modus operandi of the criminal justice system. It is ultimately a tale of victimization of Dr. Snider and his family by Dr. Abe Cooper, and the re-victimization of Dr. Snider’s family, friends and community by the court process.
“Hazel’s clear storytelling, her illuminating and insightful reflections on her experience of the court process, and her ability to speak with respect for all parties involved provides a rare and important insight into the experience of serious victimization. Her broad analysis of the factors that contributed to her brother’s murder provides valuable input into the conversation about the complex roots of crime. Her outline of what she learned about the criminal justice system, both in the book proper and in the appendix, are instructive to those who seek to provide a more respectful and responsible response to victims. It also disabuses us of the notion that the court process is one which serves victims.”