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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Senate Resolution

   By Senators Campbell and Sears,

     J.R.S. 64.  Joint resolution in observance of the 2008 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Whereas, 2008 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 over 64,000 crimes were reported to have occurred in Vermont in 2006, and

Whereas, policymakers in Vermont have recognized and embraced the need to empower crime victims and seek to make victims 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 victims and survivors in their recovery, 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 expanded community‑based efforts to build community while helping victims and survivors rebuild their lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly 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 the General Assembly recognizes the importance of ensuring that crime victims are afforded the greatest possible right to participate in the criminal justice process and encourages efforts to achieve this important goal, both during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which will be observed April 13–19, 2008, and throughout the year, and be it further

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




____________________________              Attested to:

President of the Senate


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Speaker of the House                                     David A. Gibson

                                                                      Secretary of the Senate



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont