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Ontario County honors victims and those who support them

A brave 8-year-old boy listened to stories of horrible abuse his younger brother suffered at the hands of their mother and another man with whom the child lived.

He knew he had to do something and told his father, who did the right thing and contacted police.

The adult abusers are now behind bars for years to come, and the boy’s younger brother and another little girl are safe and secure in loving homes.

The boy, who the Daily Messenger chose not to identify because of his age and the nature of the crimes, was honored Friday during Ontario County’s Crime Victims’ Rights Ceremony. He was presented a certificate for his heroism by First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride and Victim-Witness Coordinator Sarah Utter.

MacBride opened the ceremony in a courtroom of the Ontario County Courthouse, noting it was a special occasion to honor and remember victims — some of whom were, unfortunately, killed — to celebrate their bravery and heroism, and to pay homage to law enforcement and all the service providers who support victims and help them rebuild their lives.

On the lawn outside were dozens of markers in a Memorial Garden commemorating individuals lost since 1983 as a result of drunken or drugged driving.

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