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Letter: Pinwheels a reminder of victim rights

3:07 PM, Apr. 11, 2013  |  Comments
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Editor: The Wood County Victim Witness Office will participate in a statewide effort, known as the "Pinwheel Project" to raise awareness of the impact of violence on children during this year's Crime Victim Rights Week (April 22 to 27). During that week, you will see pinwheels on the lawn of our courthouse to help raise awareness of crime especially on some of our most vulnerable residents, our children.

The annual celebration of victims' rights honors the evolution of the criminal justice system that keeps victims informed and able to be present and heard during their cases. Criminal cases should not be just about defendants and where victims are considered to be a nuisance. To echo Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen, "Victims' rights aren't simply 'nice' things we do to support victims; they are legal mandates passed by the citizenry of this state as a constitutional amendment in 1993."

The theme for the national observance is "New Challenges. New Solutions." Unfortunately this year nationally, an unthinkable attack occurred on children, taking precious lives, but even in our own community children fall prey to acts of sexual and physical violence, bullying and even theft. Wisconsin is a leader in finding solutions. You can learn more rights through the website at www.doj.state.wi.us. Locally. you will have an opportunity to support child abuse prevention efforts by attending the Run the Rapids 5K run/walk on Saturday.

The focus this year on children is a reminder that crime can affect any one of us and we should continue to support those who work to assure that the rights of crime victims in any capacity. Take a moment the week of April 22 to 27 to view the display. Children can feel free to take a pinwheel when the week is complete.

Trisha Anderson

Wood County Victim Witness Coordinator

Wisconsin Rapids

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