Gov. John Lynch has proclaimed April 23 to April 29, 2006 as New Hampshire Crime Victims' Rights Week

From The Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch has proclaimed April 23 to April 29, 2006 as New Hampshire Crime Victims' Rights Week.

" With this week, we reflect on the devastating impact of crime: on victims, on their families, and on our state as a whole, " Gov. Lynch said. " This week also offers us an opportunity to strengthen our resolve to ensure that victims' needs and rights are identified and addressed here in New Hampshire. "

Gov. Lynch observed Crime Victims' Rights Week today with a press conference at St. Paul's Church in Concord to honor victims and their families for their efforts to advocate for victims' rights and services. Afterwards, he joined Attorney General Kelly Ayotte for a ribbon cutting to open the New Hampshire AmeriCorp Victim Assistance Program's " Clothesline Project, " a display of shirts decorated by victims, or in honor of victims, of domestic violence or homicide.

A copy of Gov. Lynch's proclamation is attached.

State of New Hampshire
By His Excellency
John Lynch, Governor

A Proclamation

April 23 to 29, 2006

WHEREAS, Since 1981, citizens in our state and our nation have observed Crime Victims' Rights Week, to focus attention on the plight of crime victims; and

WHEREAS, Many New Hampshire citizens are too often the innocent victims of crimes, and along with their families suffer underserved physical, psychological and financial losses; and

WHEREAS, The continued commitment by concerned citizens and leaders in New Hampshire, in both the public and private sectors, is needed to provide, expand and coordinate quality services for victims of crimes and their families; and

WHEREAS, The annual nationwide commemoration of Crime Victims' Rights Week is planned for April 23 - 29, 2006 and the theme for this year's commemoration is " Victims' Rights: Strength in Unity " ; and

WHEREAS, During this week, New Hampshire Victim Service, criminal justice and law enforcement organizations will help citizens understand the importance of recognizing the rights of crime victims and the human costs of crime;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN H. LYNCH, GOVERNOR of the State of New Hampshire, do hereby proclaim APRIL 23-29, 2006 as CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK in New Hampshire and ask citizens to remember the victims of crime and their families by remaining attentive to the pain and involuntary hardship suffered by victims of crime.

Given this 19th day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand and six, and the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and thirty.

John H. Lynch