Payson To Recognize Crime Victims’ Week

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Payson joins in “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past” for victims of crime during 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

April 10 marks the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to honor victims and the advocates of victims’ rights. This year’s theme — Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past — evokes victims’ past struggles and our nation’s duty to help them rebuild stronger lives, a press release said.

For victims, reshaping the future means confronting many challenges. After a crime, victims need to know what rights and resources they can count on. They may need funds to bury a loved one or pay medical bills. They may want information on the criminal justice process, their right to be present or heard in court, and to be notified about court proceedings and offenders’ whereabouts. Yet many victims do not find the help they need.

For victim advocates, reshaping the future — particularly in these financially stressed times — means finding ways to do more with less. It means locating resources for victims who want them and helping new victims — such as the millions harmed by financial fraud — to restore their credit and financial security. Reshaping the future requires meeting present and emerging challenges.

It also requires understanding how crime has marred the past. As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we honor the memory of the victims and their families’ struggles to rebuild a future despite their grief. We also remember the thousands of homicide victims in our nation in recent years, and the millions who live each day in fear of violence.

The Town of Payson will observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a proclamation that was read at the town council meeting on April 7. The Gila County Attorney’s Office of Victim Services in conjunction with the Time Out Shelter will be at the Payson Public Library with information on ways to help victims of crime and information on crime prevention from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 13.

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