Oshawa woman's advocacy and 'sheer grit' for victims of crime acknowledged by attorney general

Oshawa woman's advocacy and 'sheer grit' for victims of crime acknowledged by attorney general

Lisa Freeman one of 16 recipients of award given by Ministry of the Attorney General

Lisa Freeman advocacy on behalf of victims of crime has been acknowledged by the provincial Ministry of the Attorney General.“I’m honoured and humbled,” Lisa Freeman said of the award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in service to victims of crime. “What I do is to fill a void for victims of crime in regards to support.”Freeman was one of 16 Ontario individuals and organizations to receive the Victim Services Award of Distinction, according to the ministry. Recipients were acknowledged during a virtual ceremony recently. Freeman found herself caught up in the criminal justice system in 1991 when her father, Roland Slingerland, was murdered. Slingerland, unarmed and defenceless, died at the hands of Terry Porter, who attacked him with an axe. In 1992 Porter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years. In 2012, Freeman was informed that Porter, then 20 years into his sentence, had been granted escorted absences from prison and was eligible to apply for day parole in 2013. Freeman took her fight to the National Parole Board, arguing that Porter should not be released prior to the terms set out in the sentence given him upon conviction. In addition to lobbying corrections and parole officials, Freeman found herself in the position of having to deliver a victim impact statement at a parole hearing for Porter. Freeman’s advocacy has been effective: Porter has, thus far, been denied full parole. In addition to working with victims’ groups and petitioning government for changes to support victims, she has established Point of Impact, which assists survivors as they prepare for offenders' parole hearings — including delivering victim impact statements, a process she knows from experience can be intimidating, even terrifying.

 

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