PROCLAMATION

A PROCLAMATION TO DESIGNATE THE WEEK OF APRIL 21-27, 2002

 AS FAUQUIER COUNTY CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK

WHEREAS, one violent crime is committed in America every five seconds and one property crime occurs every 1.6 seconds; and

WHEREAS, 25.9 million Americans are victims of crime each year and, of those, 6.3 million are victims of violent crime; and

            WHEREAS, despite the recent reduction in the rate of crime, far too many persons still suffer the impact of crime; and

            WHEREAS, crime victims play an indispensable role in bringing offenders to justice; and

            WHEREAS, as we carry victims’ rights into 2002 and beyond, we must bring honor to victims, striving to create a world where the legal rights of victims are honored and government agencies are accountable for their treatment of victims; and

            WHEREAS, despite significant progress in providing rights and services to crime victims over the past two decades, large segments of our population, including crime victims who are elderly, disabled, or living in rural areas, are still under-served; and

            WHEREAS, as a nation devoted to liberty and justice for all, America must increase its efforts to protect, restore, and expand crime victims’ rights and services; and

            WHEREAS, Fauquier County is joining forces with victim service programs, criminal justice officials, and concerned citizens throughout Fauquier County and America to observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week; now, therefore, be it

            PROCLAIMED, this 15th day of April 2002, That the Board of Supervisors designates the week of April 21-27, 2002, as Fauquier County Crime Victims’ Rights Week; and, be it

            PROCLAIMED FURTHER, That the Board of Supervisors reaffirms a commitment to respect and enforce victims’ rights and address their needs during 2002 Fauquier County Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year.

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Raymond E. Graham

Chairman