Crime Victims’ Rights Day 2015
Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Day to be held on Tuesday, April 21, at Red River Theatres in Concord
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.
People are encouraged to view the Victim’s Inc. Memorial Quilts as well as the New Hampshire Clothesline Project t-shirts which will be on display starting at 10:00 am both inside and outside of Red River Theatres located at 11 S. Main Street in Concord.
Schedule of Events:
- 11am - Press Conference featuring Governor Hassan and Attorney General Joe Foster. This will be directly followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony for the New Hampshire Clothesline Project, which will be on display from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
- 11am - 4pm - The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive. Donations will be accepted in their Blood Mobile on Main Street.
- 2:30pm - The Hunting Ground - a documentary screening of the critically acclaimed film about campus sexual assault. Co-sponsored by the Crisis Center of New Hampshire and Red River Theatres.
- 5:30 pm - Memorial service 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 people who have gone above and beyond in their work on behalf of victims of crime.
Abby Tassel the Assistant Director of WISE, The Coalition member program in Lebanon will receive the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Visionary Voice Award. This annual award recognizes the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence. For more than two decades she has worked in the field of violence against women as an advocate, an educator, and board member. Abby is looked to for her experience, wisdom and innovative approaches to advocacy and creating social change.
Jeffrey Furlone the Dean of Students at Plymouth State University will be honored for his work on behalf of victims. During his short tenure as Dean Jeff has changed the culture on campus around the issue of sexual abuse. This has resulted in a dramatic change in the collaboration between PSU and Voices Against Violence, the local crisis center that serves his community. He is a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker on the issues of campus sexual assault and has worked collaboratively with other stakeholders to expand PSU’s sexual assault prevention work and efforts to support victims.
The public is encouraged to visit the Clothesline Project Display organized by the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program of the Coalition. It will be on display at Red River from 10am to 4pm. 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.
This event is sponsored by the following organizations:
- N.H. Attorney General’s Office
- United States Attorney's Office, NH District
- AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program
- New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Victims, Inc.
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.
About Crime Victims Rights Week: The week of April 19 – 25, 2015, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.” The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. For more information go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/.