PROCLAMATION

A PROCLAMATION DECLARING APRIL 13 TO APRIL 19, 2008 AS NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK IN FAUQUIER COUNTY

            WHEREAS, 23 million Americans are victims of crime each year, and of those, 5.2  million are victims of violent crime; and

            WHEREAS, a just society acknowledges crime’s impact on individuals, families, and communities by ensuring that rights, resources, and services are available to help rebuild lives; and

            WHEREAS, victims’ rights are a critical component of the promise of “justice for all,” and the foundation for our system of justice in America; and

            WHEREAS, although our nation has steadily expanded rights, protections, and services for victims of crime, too many victims are still not able to realize the hope and promise of these gains; and

            WHEREAS, we must do better to ensure services are available for underserved segments of our population, including crime victims with disabilities, victims with mental illness, victims who are children, victims who are elderly, victims in rural areas, and victims in communities of color; and

            WHEREAS, observing victims’ rights and treating victims with dignity and respect serves the public  interest by engaging victims in the justice system, inspiring respect for public authorities, and promoting confidence in public safety; and

            WHEREAS, America recognizes that we make our homes, neighborhoods, and communities safer and stronger by serving victims of crime and ensuring justice for all; and

            WHEREAS, our nation must strive to protect, expand, and observe crime victims’ rights so that there truly is justice for victims and justice for all; and

            WHEREAS, National Crime Victims Rights’ Week provides an opportunity for us to strive to reach the goal of justice for all by ensuring that all victims are afforded their legal rights and provided with assistance as they face the financial, physical, and psychological impacts of crime; and

            WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Victim/Witness Program is joining forces with victim service programs, criminal justice officials, and concerned citizens throughout Fauquier County and America to raise awareness about victims’ rights and observe the 28th National Crime Victims Rights’ Week; now, therefore, be it

            PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 10th day of April 2008, That April 13 through April 19, 2008 be, and is hereby, declared National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

 

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Chester W. Stribling

Chairman of the Board

 

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