Feb 11Liked by David Challen

Completely agree with this David. Anyone who really cares about crime and it’s impact on victims and witnesses - go and sit in the public gallery of your local court.

See the criminal justice system in action. Use your voice to amplify the message that the backlog and delays are unacceptable for all parties.

Hear first hand what it’s like for a victim to give evidence to jury.

See firsthand it’s not like a TV drama. Real people with real impact and not sensationalised. There’s not a bottomless pit of money for investigations either. I’ve heard a judge say to a defendant “this is not CSI Mr (X), the police don’t have the budget to run those tests”.

Interest in True Crime is fine if you care enough to educate yourself to understand or care about what we could all do to try and reduce crime and protect victims. By better education, messaging, support services etc. Then do what you can however small to try and bring about change. To hold the media to account in how crime is reported and language used. (I’m particularly thinking of the vilification of Legal Aid).

Thanks for all your campaigning David which I’m sure comes at a personal cost.

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First of all, you are a brilliant writer. This is incredibly in depth on why true crime bugs me. I used to be an avid fan, but for the last few years have been turned off by the reporting. I want to get to know the victims/survivors, not glorify evil. It's boring. With the age of TikTok amateur reporters, it does seem like people want clicks. Clickbait is even used on image screenshots on YouTube. I think social media is making people less empathetic. Please put yourselves in the families shoes. Imagine how you would feel. If I were her family, I would want to go over to the people taking pics of her last appearance and slap them, like Sydney slapping Gail in Scream. These are real people experiencing tremendous trauma. Why don't they give proceeds of any ad money earned to the family, so they can afford to be off from work & at least one stress would be gone. It probably does annoy detectives who don't want to get overwhelmed with conspiracies or lazy leads. On some instances the public does solve crimes as in the documentary 'Dont F with Cats". But those people were low-key & weren't out there making a scene. We can't force anyone to see an empathetic perspective, but just making this article will help some open their eyes. For that, I commend you David.

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