Victims’ Rights Awareness Week Begins Today

Posted: April 10, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jayne Hitchcock, a noted Internet safety advocate and president of WHOA (Women Halting Online Abuse), highlights Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 14. Hitchcock speaks on Tuesday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. about cyberstalking investigative techniques for the law enforcement community, and she speaks at a general information session at 3 p.m. Both events, which are cosponsored by the University Police and Sexual Assault Services, take place in the Johnson Center, Room G.

The events begin today with a 4 p.m. tree planting and memorial service at the pond. The service to remember victims of violence is officiated by Father Bob Cilinski and is sponsored by the Greek community. On Tuesday, John Walsh, the host of America’s Most Wanted, and Hitchcock lead the remembrance of victims of violent crimes during the Northern Virginia Victims’ Rights Candlelight Vigil at the Fairfax County Government Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

The fourth annual Victims’ Rights Fitness Run/Walk around Patriot Circle is held on Thursday at noon. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the event. President and Mrs. Merten lead the run/walk, which begins at the University Police headquarters in Lot C. Trophies will be awarded and registration is required. Call x33686 or x32810 for more information.

The week ends with a jogger safety seminar in the Johnson Center, Room D, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Henley Gabeau, president of the Road Runner’s Club of America, and Kelcy Stefansson, U.S. Park Police Lt., give tips on staying safe when running and exercising outdoors.

All events are sponsored by Sexual Assault Services. Contact Connie Kirkland, coordinator, at x34364, for more information.

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