Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Day
The annual Crime Victims’ Rights Day will be held on Tuesday, April 8, in Concord at St. Paul's Church, 21 Centre Street, Concord, New Hampshire.
Victims’ Rights Day is an annual event to honor all victims of crime in New Hampshire. It serves as a memorial and also a challenge to ensure that all victims of crime receive the dignity and respect that they deserve.
The schedule of events for the day includes:
- 11 am - Press Conference at St. Paul’s Church featuring Governor Hassan and Attorney General Joseph Foster. A Memorial Quilt will be unveiled by Victim’s Inc. This will be directly followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Clothesline Project which will be on display at the statehouse lawn. In the event of bad weather the display will be held in the lower level of St. Paul's Church.
- 5:30 pm - Memorial service at St. Paul’s Church will pay tribute to all those who have died or have been traumatized by violent crime. It will be directly followed by a vigil and a reception.
The press conference will include tributes to two community members who have made outstanding contributions to ending violent crime.
Donna Cummings, the long time executive director of RESPONSE, former Coalition board member and member of the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence will be honored for her many years of dedication and service to victims in the North Country and all of New Hampshire.
Forrest Seymour of Keene State College will receive the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's Visionary Voice Award for his innovative work in the field of sexual assault prevention on campus.
The public is encouraged to visit the Clothesline Project Display organized by the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program of the Coalition. It will be on the Statehouse Lawn or inside the church from 11am to 2pm. This project highlights the pain and healing experienced by survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It gives survivors and their loved ones a way to cope with and express what they have experienced by writing messages on t-shirts.
Information from other Victims’ Rights organizations will also be available throughout the day at St. Paul’s Church.
This event is sponsored by the following organizations:
- N.H. Attorney General’s Office,
- AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program,
- New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence,
- Victims, Inc.,
- Parents Of Murdered Children, and
- The New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly & Adult Services
All media are invited to attend all of the events including the service. The press conference will be heavily attended by victims and their family members, as well as members of law enforcement and the advocacy community.
For more information contact: Maureen McDonald 603-224-8893 extension 311; Maureen@nhcadsv.org