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Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials: Sergio’s Story – A Journey Through (and beyond) the Legal System

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January 2022

One in a series of books provided by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) that are referred to as “graphic novels” based on the experiences of real people, this book is about a young person named Sergio, who has experienced criminal victimization and becomes a witness in a potential criminal court case.


Sergio’s story is told through drawings with conversational captions like a comic strip. Situations in Sergio’s life have made it difficult to balance school and work. People around him notice how tired he is. He learns that what is happening to him is against the law, and he later becomes a witness in a potential criminal case. It is intended that those who read Sergio’s story will better understand a similar experience they are having. This might assist the reader to better understand and manage his/her similar situation with the justice system as a potential witness/victim. The book includes information about what could happen in the reader’s case, information on people with whom he/she may interact in the justice system, and guidance in managing feelings he/she might experience in situations like Sergio’s.