Mason’s 14th Annual Victims’ Rights Run/Walk to Be Held April 20

Posted: April 6, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: April 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 18–24, communities throughout the nation will rally to honor and support victims of crime.

The George Mason University community upholds victims’ rights through the annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run and Walk. The run/walk, being held for the 14th year on Tuesday, April 20, will begin at noon at the Center for the Arts Building on the Fairfax Campus.

The run/walk is co-sponsored by the Mason Patriot Club in collaboration with the Aimee Willard Endowment Scholarship Fund.

Willard was a 22-year-old Mason senior in June 1996 when she was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Pennsylvania.

As a result of this violence committed by a convicted murderer released on early parole, federal legislation was passed that has been dubbed Aimee’s Law. Under the law, a state that releases a violent felon would have to pay the arrest, prosecution and imprisonment costs of another state if that convict commits another violent act. It would also require the state that released the criminal to pay as much as $100,000 to the victims of the second attack or to their families.

The proceeds of the Victims’ Rights 5K Run and Walk will support the George Mason University Victims of Violence Fund and the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program.

Mason’s Victims of Violence Fund, administered by Sexual Assault Services, provides direct assistance to student survivors of sexual assault, stalking and dating/partner violence. Donations to these programs for the Victims’ Rights 5K Run and Walk are made through the George Mason University Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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