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372 Crime Victims Week Proclamation
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25, 2020
Whereas, in 1982, The President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime envisioned a national commitment to a more equitable and supportive response to victims; and
Whereas, this commemorative week celebrates the energy, perseverance and commitment that launched the victims’ rights movement, inspired it’s progress, and continues to advance the cause of justice for crime victims; and
Whereas, crime can leave a lasting impact on any person, regardless of age, national origin, race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, or economic status; and
Whereas, incorporating communities’ existing experts and trusted sources of support into efforts to fully serve survivors will develop a criminal justice system response that is truly accessible and appropriate for all victims of crime; and
Whereas, with the unwavering support of their communities and the resources available, survivors will be empowered to face their grief, loss, fear, anger and hope without fear of judgement, and will feel understood, heard and respected; and
Whereas, serving victims and rebuilding their trust restores hope to victims and survivors, as well as supports thriving communities; and
Whereas, honoring the rights of victims, including the rights to be heard, to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect, and working to meet their needs rebuilds their trust in the criminal justice and social service systems; and
Whereas, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week provides an opportunity to recommit to ensuring that all victims of crime—especially those who are challenging to reach or serve—are afforded their rights and receive a trauma-informed response; and
Whereas, The Crime Victims Program of A Safe Place is hereby dedicated to strengthening victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime, building resilience in our communities and our victim responders, and working for justice for all victims and survivors.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, We the Commissioners of Warren County, join the Crime Victims Program and communities across the nation in recognizing the week of April 19-25, 2020 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
ADOPTED, this 22nd day of April, 2020.
COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY
Tricia D. Durbin
Attest: Vice Chair
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston
Chief Clerk Commissioner