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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R.  19

House resolution honoring victims of crime and designating the week of April 22–29 as National Victims of Crime Week in Vermont

Offered by:  Representative Grad of Moretown

Whereas, 2007 marks the 17th annual Vermont commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and

Whereas, all crime victims suffer violation of their persons, property, and trust, and, last year, over 64,000 crimes were reported to have occurred in Vermont, and

Whereas, policymakers in Vermont have recognized and embraced the need to empower crime victims and seek to make them the center of state policy in our criminal and juvenile justice systems, and

Whereas, members of the general public, both in their professional roles as clergy, educators, employers, medical professionals, and public servants, and as volunteer community members, work to support and help crime victim‑survivors in their recovery, and this house acknowledges gratefully their dedication and service, and

Whereas, within Vermont, important public and private partnerships have been forged among criminal and juvenile justice agencies, allied professionals, and social service providers to ensure that crime victims are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and

Whereas, the victims' rights movement in Vermont has broadened efforts to develop and expand community-based supports while helping victim-survivors rebuild their lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this legislative body recognizes the courage and selflessness of members of the Vermont Victim-Survivor of Crime Council who have turned personal tragedy into a motivating force to improve the rights and treatment of other victims of crime and build a better, more just community in Vermont and the nation, and be it further

Resolved:  That this legislative body recognizes the importance of ensuring that crime victims are afforded the greatest possible right to participate in their criminal justice process and encourages efforts to achieve this important goal throughout the year, and be it further

Resolved:  That this legislative body designates the week of April 22–29 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Judy Rex, executive director of the center for crime victim services in Waterbury.


____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont