Child Abuse Month
Big Thicket Messenger - April 2007
A Candlelight Vigil for crime victims and child abuse victims will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2007, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center.
The Liberty County District Attorney’s Office, the Liberty County Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center, New Horizon Family Center, and BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) are co-sponsoring this vigil.
The purpose of the vigil is to help the public remember victims of crime, support their families, alert the public to the realties of crime, and express hope for a less violent future. Victims come from all walks of life and embrace various religious beliefs.
The vigil is a part of the local observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is celebrated the week of April 22-28.
The theme of Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year is “Victims’ Rights: Every Victim. Every time.” This theme will be observed by the District Attorney’s Office, the Liberty County Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center, New Horizon Family Center and BACA, along with thousands of victims service and allied professional organizations and agencies across the United States.
National Crime Victim’s Week will be observed across our nation by victim’s and survivors and the professionals and volunteers who assist them. This year’s theme – “Victim’s Rights: Every Victim. Every Time” – envisions a strengthened national commitment to the nearly 24 million Americans harmed by crime each year. It also recognizes the ongoing efforts of countless victim service providers, justice professionals and allied professionals and volunteers who selflessly dedicate their lives to helping victims of crime.
Another very important part of the vigil is to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is April. It is time to focus on ways not only to protect children but also to prevent abuse from occurring. This is your opportunity to make a different in young lives. It is hoped that this vigil will impress upon everyone that every child is entitled to be loved, cared for, nurtured, and secure and that preventing child abuse is the responsibility of all citizens. Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to highlight the role we all can play to support parents and families. During the month of April – and throughout the year as we consider child abuse prevention – our attention is best focused on prevention efforts that create healthier environments for children and foster confident, positive parenting.
District Attorney Mike Little encourages all people in our area to join all people in America who share the core value of equal justice for all Americans to join in the commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
“Nobody wants to be a victim of violence and, when a crime occurs, those who are victimized need to be aware that they have rights within our criminal justice system and that there are many services to assist them in coping with the victimization,” Little said. “When we are all informed and aware of the rights of crime victims and the services available to them, we are then committed to shared values of justice for all, as well as assistance and support for our family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors who are hurt by crime.”
“Crime Victims’ Rights Week is a time for all Americans to learn about victimization, reflect on the cost of crime to our society, and promote laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime rebuild their lives” Little said. “Let’s build on our past successes and renew our commitment to making comprehensive victims’ rights and service a reality in every community. The millions of people in this country who are victimized by crime each year deserve no less. Child Abuse Prevention Month is a reminder that we all bear the responsibility of preventing the abuse of all children.”
All members of our community are encouraged to promote “Victims’ Rights: Every Victim. Every Time.” By joining crime victims and survivors, victim advocates, justice professionals and many others during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
For additional information about the event, contact Victim Assistance Coordinator Kathy Lowe at the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office at (936) 336-4612.