15th Annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run, Walk Set for April 15

Posted: March 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 10-16), communities throughout the nation will rally to honor and support victims of crime.

The Mason community’s support of victims of crime takes the form of the 15th Annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run and Walk, being held this year on Friday, April 15, at noon across from the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus.

Mason faculty, staff and students and teams can submit a paper registration in advance. The first 400 registrants receive a free T-shirt. See the form for details.

Late registration begins at 10:30 a.m. the day of the race.

The run/walk is sponsored by the Mason Patriot Club in collaboration with the Aimee Willard Endowment Scholarship Fund, which commemorates Mason student athlete Aimee Willard.

Willard was a 22-year-old Mason senior when she was kidnapped, raped and murdered in June 1996 near Philadelphia. Arthur Bomar, the man sentenced to death for murdering Willard, was a convicted murderer on early parole from a Nevada prison.

As a result of this violence, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced Aimee’s Law in March 1999. This law was included in H.R. 3244, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Conference Report. Under Aimee’s 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 run/walk go to 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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