Cambridge Police Advocate “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim”
2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to honor crime victims and our nation’s progress in advancing their rights, begins today. 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 and emotional wounds, costly financial burdens, and an alarming public tendency to blame them for the crimes against them.
Since the 1980s, the nation has made dramatic progress in securing rights, protections, and services for victims of crime. Every state has enacted victims’ rights laws, and 32 states have constitutional victims’ rights amendments. Yet there is still so much to do. Victims’ rights are not universal and are often not enforced. More than 50 percent of crimes are not reported, and fewer than 20 percent of victims receive needed services.
“Our commitment to victims and ensuring their rights are protected never wavers,” said Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas. “We want victims to feel comfortable contacting police and working with us to access the services they need and bring those who perpetrate crimes to justice.”
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week began in Washington, DC at the Department of Justice’s annual Attorney General’s National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2012 to honor outstanding individuals and programs that serve victims of crime. The Cambridge Police Department will observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by highlighting the resources available to victims in Cambridge, such as:
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