Kiowa, Colorado- April 22, 2012 begins National Crime Victims' Right's Week, a time to honor crime victims and our nation's progress in advancing their rights. This year's theme- Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim- celebrates the vision behind that progress and the ideal of serving all victims of crime.
The vision that launched the victims' rights movement emerged more than 30 years ago. Then-as now- crime victims endured physical as well as emotional wounds, costly financial burdens, an often hostile criminal justice system, and an alarming public tendency to blame them for the crimes committed against them. Victims were often excluded from courtrooms, disrespected by officials, and afforded few rights. As a result, they began organizing to confront these challenges and to promote fair, compassionate, and respectful responses to victims of crime.
Significant progress has been made during the last three decades in securing rights, protections, and services for victims of crime. Today every state has enacted victims' rights laws and Colorado joins 31 other states that have constitutional victims' rights amendments. Locally, the Elbert county Sheriff's Office victim assistance program works diligently to ensure every victim of crime and every Elbert County resident is supported in their time of need. Through intervention, advocacy and education, the victim assistance program provides support to individuals in a manner that empowers them to recover from traumatic events.
On April 28, 2012, in recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and of Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Elbert County Sheriff's Office will be sharing our county's vision, determination, and passion for justice that helps us all empower crime victims to live full rewarding lives beyond the crime. Planned events include a Creative expression Exhibit that will allows victims and others affected by crime to creatively express through poetry, and artwork their experience as victims, with victim service programs, or with the criminal justice system. Additionally, community leaders to include the Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap, 18th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Brian Sugioka, and Elbert County Commissioner Del Schwab will be guest speakers at a Recognition ceremony that will highlight the experiences of 2 crime victims and their perspective of the importance of support and available community resources. The ceremony will conclude with a balloon release in honor of one of Marlayna Dolin and of the many others affected by crime.
WHAT: Creative Expression Exhibit & Recognition Ceremony
WHEN: April 28, 2012
TIME: 1PM-4:30PM (Open Exhibit)
Carlson Building 239 Main St., Elizabeth CO 80107
4:30PM- 6:30PM (Ceremony)
Elbert County Fairground (Ag Bldg) 95, Ute, Kiowa, CO 80117
For more information, call 303-805-6126