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Date: April 12, 2004
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK TO BE OBSERVED IN DELAWARE
"Victims' Rights: America’s Values" is this year's theme
(Wilmington, DE): During the week of April 18th through the 24th, Delaware will commemorate National Crime Victims' Rights Week. This year's theme, "Victims' Rights: America’s Values," is a call to the nation to unite behind the basic value of ‘justice for all.’ The Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force and the Attorney General's Office will sponsor events. Attorney General Brady said, "Victims’ Rights Week provides an important opportunity to recognize the strength and courage of victims of crime, and to re-affirm our commitment to provide them dignity and respect as well as our support."
· A Gubernatorial Proclamation Signing Ceremony on Monday, April 19th at 11 a.m. in the Governor's Wilmington office, 12th floor, Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French St.
· An Award Ceremony, sponsored by the Task Force, to honor an outstanding professional, organization and volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of crime victims will be held immediately following the Proclamation Signing Ceremony in the same location. The award for Outstanding Professional will be presented to Mirta Collazo for her work as the Victim Advocate with the Georgetown Police Department. This year's Outstanding Program is the Sexual Assault Network of Delaware (SAND). SAND is a project of CONTACT Delaware. Members of the Attorney General’s Senior Victim Advocate Program from Kent Co. will share this year's Outstanding Volunteers award. The Volunteer Senior Victim Advocates to be recognized are Jacqueline D. and Richard C. Pulling, Sr., Henrietta C. Morgan, Phyllis J. Racz, and Glenda Keighton.
· The 13th Annual Victim Tribute will be held on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30
p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forest Ave. (Route 8) in Dover. This year's Guest Speakers will be Debbie and Rob Smith. Debbie is a sexual assault survivor whose victimization went unsolved for over 6 years until a DNA sample from an inmate serving a sentence for other crimes was matched with physical evidence from her assault. Rob is a retired Lt. Detective with the Williamsburg Police Department who focuses on the secondary victimization issues facing husbands of sexual assault victims.
Attorney General Jane Brady and the Department of Justice's Director of Victim Services, Mariann Kenville-Moore, will take part in the evening's program. Also on display at the Tribute will be the Silent Witness Exhibit, the Clothesline Project, children's artwork, and poems, letters and artwork that express the feelings of victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime.
· A Press Conference to introduce the national campaign, “Cut It Out: Salons Against Domestic Abuse,” will be hosted by Attorney General Jane Brady in her Dover office, 102 W. Water St., 3rd floor on Thursday, April 22nd at 11:30 a.m. Members of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a partner with the Attorney General’s office in this campaign, will also attend. Kathleen Fahey-Hosey, whose sister Ann Marie was murdered in 1996, will be a featured speaker. This initiative will train salon professionals to recognize signs of domestic violence and offer them information about local resources that can help their clients who may be victims.