Letter to the editor
Awareness raised for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
April 22, 2010
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.
April 18-24 2010 Every state has victims’ rights laws. We have more than 10,000 victim assistance programs throughout the country, and every state has a crime victim compensation fund. Powerful federal laws, such as the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, protect victims and fund needed services.
As we prepare to observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we have much to celebrate.
If we are to serve victims with fairness, dignity, and respect, all Americans must do their part. Know what rights and services are available for victims in your community.
Would you know how to help a victim? Find out where the nearest rape crisis center and domestic violence shelters are, and whether they serve teens.
Find out where to report suspected child or elder abuse. If you need information regarding Victim/Witness Assistance Services, call the St. Croix County District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Assistance Program at 715-386-4666.
Find out about legislative initiatives to strengthen victims’ rights and expand victim services, and let your voice be heard. Make sure political candidates know that crime victim issues are important to you.
If your community has a problem that requires action, visit your local or state lawmakers to explain what you think should be done.
Then, get involved with a local crime victim organizations. You may be able to distribute educational materials or donate an item on their wish list.
Great progress for victims can result from many small steps. And by working together, we can help our community create fairness, dignity, and respect for victims.
Eric G. Johnson, D.A.
St. Croix County District Attorneyʼs Office
Coordinator, Victim Witness Assistance Program