Mason Marks 2006 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Posted: April 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

During the week of April 23 to 29, crime victims, survivors and those who serve them will join together across America to promote victims’ rights and services and educate communities about the devastating impact of crime on victims, neighborhoods, campuses and the nation as a whole.

The week’s theme, “Victims’ Rights: Strength in Unity,” pays tribute to crime victims and survivors. It also recognizes the ongoing efforts of countless victim service providers, justice professionals and allied professionals and volunteers who selflessly help victims of crime.

George Mason will kick off the 2006 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with the 12th Annual Northern Virginia Victims’ Rights Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center Atrium. Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell is among the speakers at this free event. A reception will follow.

Other events at Mason’s Fairfax Campus include:

  • Information kiosks on all three campuses

  • Patriot Antiviolence Night on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Field House. This event features safety education by the George Mason University Police Department and Sexual Assault Services, as well as the “Cold Case” video of Aimee Willard, a Mason athlete who was raped and murdered.

    The evening will also include a discussion of Aimee’s Law, otherwise known as Division C of Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. The law gives strong incentives for states to reform their parole systems by holding them financially responsible if an individual previously convicted of murder, rape or a dangerous sexual offense in their state is later convicted of any of those offenses in another state.

  • The 10th Annual Victims’ Rights Week 5K Run and Walk coordinated by the George Mason University Police Department and Sexual Assault Services. The event begins at noon at Mason Pond on Thursday, April 27. The run/walk, open to all, is held in memory of Aimee Willard and for increased rights for all crime victims.

    Trophies will be awarded, and prizes will be given. Proceeds will benefit RAD, a free self-defense program for university-affiliated women.

    Registration for the run/walk is required. Registration forms are available at the University Police building in Lot C, Sexual Assault Services in Student Union Building I, Room 220, or online. Early registration the day of the race begins at 11 a.m. at Mason Pond.

For more information about 2006 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, crime victim assistance or volunteer opportunities, contact Sexual Assault Services at 703-993-4364, or visit the Sexual Assault Services web site.

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