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Santa Barbara County citizens recognized for courage during Victims’ Rights Week

Posted at 8:00 PM, Apr 12, 2019

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office commemorated National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on Friday by honoring two victims who showed great courage during horrific crimes.

Sara San Juan and Serenity Lopez are two women who the district attorney’s office said represent survival and resilience in the wake of crime.

San Juan’s husband was killed in a homicide in March 2017. The district attorney’s office said despite the tragedy, she showed courage through the lengthy court process and remained a source of strength for her family and two children.

San Juan said for anyone going through the same thing she experienced, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as long as you rely on the people around you.

“I’m so thankful to the people that helped walk me through it and literally carried me along the way to be able to show courage and strength and get through it the way that I did and I’m happy and doing well today so I’m grateful to be here and be recognized,” San Juan said.

Lopez was honored for staying strong after discovering her husband was sexually abusing their daughter. The district attorney’s office said after the crime, she was forced into a shelter with her three children. She has since reclaimed her life.

Former Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh was also recognized for his commitment to the community of Lompoc and outstanding service to victims of crime.