Posted: Apr 24, 2013 1:45 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
HELENA - This is National Crime Victims Rights Week, and to mark the occasion, the Montana Board of Crime Control recognized several programs statewide that support victims and their rights.
Last year in Montana, more than 37,000 people reported being victims of crimes.
MT Attorney General Tim Fox commended the supporters of programs, including shelter staff, victim's advocates, doctors, and law enforcement.
Tina Chamberlain of the MBCC said, "I think it's important to remember the victims because we always hear the headlines about the offender, and we don't really get to know and understand the pain that's caused by what the offender has done. We need to remember these victims have suffered devastating traumatic events."
There are more than 60 programs in Montana supporting victims and their rights.
A press release from the MBCC states:
The week of April 21-27, 2013 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. This year's theme -- New Challenges. New Solutions. -- recognizes programs that support survivors of violent crime.
Click here to learn more about victims rights in Montana.