|RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
S.R. 17. Senate resolution honoring victims of crime and designating the week of April 22–29 as National Victims of Crime Week in Vermont.
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, over 64,000 crimes were reported to have occurred in Vermont last year, 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 the Vermont Senate 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 Senate:
That the Senate of the State of Vermont 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 to build a better, more just community in Vermont and the nation, and be it further
Resolved: That the Senate of the State of Vermont 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 the Senate of the State of Vermont designates the week of April 22–29 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Vermont, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Judy Rex, executive director of the center for Crime Victim Services in Waterbury.