Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Day this Tuesday
The annual Crime Victims’ Rights Day will be held this Tuesday, April 23, 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 Michael Delaney. A Memorial Quilt will be unveiled by Victim’s Inc. This will be directly followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Clothesline Project. *Note: due to the weather forecast, the Clothesline Project will be held at St. Paul's Church, not the Statehouse lawn as originally scheduled.
- 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 previous board members of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Kathy Kimball will be presented with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Visionary Voice Award. This honor recognizes the creativity and hard work of one individual per state who has demonstrated outstanding advocacy and community work to end or prevent sexual violence. Kathy is a retired Detective Sergeant of the New Hampshire State Police. She has spent over a quarter of a century advocating for victims and working to improve responses to sexual assault. Since her “retirement” Kathy has focused on bringing different systems together as the coordinator of the New Hampshire Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) Initiative
The late Peter Michaud had more than 30 years of service devoted to the State of New Hampshire, the last 15 years as Victim Services Administrator with the NH Department of Correction, leading efforts to advocate for the rights and needs for crime victims. He co-founded the National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections and built the Association’s website to facilitate communications among all corrections-based victim assistance programs nationally. Peter passed away this past February.
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 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