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Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim

April 23, 2012
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There are many things in my life that I am passionate about. Something that is near and dear to my heart is victim services and providing quality services to victims of crime. April 22nd through the 28th has been named National Crime Victim Rights week.  For three decades, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has successfully promoted awareness of victims’ rights and services and honored countless crime victims and survivors. This year’s Victim Rights theme is Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim.  This is a great time to reflect on how far our nation has come in regards to victim services and to visualize where we as a nation would like to be.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week gives us an annual opportunity to engage the public and our local criminal justice agencies in the struggle for victims’ rights.  The events for this week take a lot of time and planning to make the week an unforgettable success.  This year our victim services team made ribbons for our department to wear every day this week in honor of victims of crime. We are having an ice cream social, a presentation from K9 C.A.R.E.S. and raising money to be donated to K9 C.A.R.E.S.  In the past our department has raised around $1,200.00 to be donated to a local non-profit organization in the counties that we work.  This year our goal is to raise $1,500.00 for K9 C.A.R.E.S to provide animal-assistance therapy services to victims while they are going through the criminal justice process.  For more information regarding the amazing services K9 C.A.R.E.S. provides, check out their website http://www.k9cares.org/.

Our nation has come a long way since the days when crime victims have had no rights or services.  Yet, we continue to see crimes being committed and victims struggling to overcome the impacts of the crime. No one believes they will be a victim until it has actually happened to them. Everyone can be a potential victim and everyone deserves to have these rights protected and available to them in their time of need.  Please take time this week to honor victims of crime in your communities, see what services are available or what you can do to assist someone struggling through their own victimization.  If nothing else, just remember to be nice to one another.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    April 23, 2012 9:27 pm

    Nicely said.

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