Christy Sheppard's life was changed forever in 1982 when her cousin was brutally raped and murdered. Seventeen years later in 1999, DNA testing proved the innocence of those originally convicted of the crime, implicating the true perpetrator. Having endured this unique hardship, Sheppard joined a growing and critical part of the innocence movement, addressing the role of crime victims in exoneration cases. Today, Sheppard is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in child and family therapy. She is an advocate for victims’ issues and awareness in cases where there has been an exoneration and educates crime victims and their families on how to address and prevent wrongful convictions.