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Proclamation #205 - National Crime Victims Rights Week

WHEREAS, Americans are the victims of more than 26 million crimes each year, and crime can touch the lives of anyone regardless of age, national origin, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, or economic status;
WHEREAS, Many victims face challenges in finding appropriate services, including victims with disabilities, elder victims, victims of mental illness, teens victims, immigrant victims, LBGTQ victims, and others;
WHEREAS, The entire community has a role to play in empowering victims;
WHEREAS, Involving survivors helps victim service providers and criminal justice professionals understand the culture, values and expectations of victims who seek assistance and justice;
WHEREAS, By engaging our community and incorporating its’ 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;
WHEREAS, Victims know best how to direct and manage their own lives, and true recovery from crime will incorporate a victim’s culture, religious, economic, social and personal interests;
WHEREAS, with the full weight of their community and victim service providers behind them, survivors will feel empowered to face their grief, loss, fear, anger, and shame, without fear of judgement and will feel understood and worthy of support;
WHEREAS, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10-16, 2016, is an opportune time to commit to ensuring that all victims of crime—even those who are challenging to reach or serve—are offered accessible and appropriate services in the aftermath of crime; and
WHEREAS, The Warren County Victim Witness Office through A Safe Place is hereby dedicated to building partnerships with trusted sources of support, including community leaders, community groups, schools, and other agencies to better reach and serve all victims of crime, no matter their community.
NOW, THEREFORE, We the Warren County Commissioners do hereby proclaim the week of
April 10-16, 2016 as CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK
Adopted this 9th day of March 2016.