District Attorney Jill Ravitch today issued a warning to anyone targeting those affected by the recent flooding in Sonoma County, “California law protects people impacted by a state of emergency. Looting is theft, which is always against the law. However, during a time of emergency additional legal protections exist against price gouging on gas, food, housing, and other essential supplies. I encourage anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint by contacting local law enforcement or my office. Be advised that any looting or price gouging related to this week’s flooding will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
This year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects this vision of the future. One in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient to face challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. The theme highlights the need for multiple avenues of victim support.