9 Orangeburg students certified to help crime victims

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- Nine students from The Technology Center in the Orangeburg School District became certified Victim's Advocates on May 12.

The certification candidates -- Tyronique Haynes, Jaynell Green, Demi Lee, Dominick Colter, Quiana Wilson, JusticeBriggman, Anika Davis, Sequoya Lee, and Tyrell Holmes -- are also students at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and will "help victims navigate through the legal process after the tragedy of becoming a victim."

Preparation for the certification internship program began in January, lasted eight weeks and required students to undergo classroom instruction, develop a sexual assault public service announcement and obtain 10 service hours prior to completion.

"We are extremely proud of the second class of Junior Victims Advocates and look forward to the impact they will make among their peers as they represent the Sheriff's Office Victims Unit," said Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. "We anticipate phenomenal results as they begin to impart their knowledge on the resources available to crime victims."

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office Victim's Services program was founded to support victims of a crime or tragedy.