City Of Bozeman Recognizes Crime Victims’ Rights Week


April 12, 2016


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***A copy of the referenced Proclamation is attached.***

City Of Bozeman Recognizes Crime Victims’ Rights Week

(Bozeman, Mont.)—Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor and the City Commission have proclaimed April 10 thru April 16 Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Bozeman. The proclamation is in recognition of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time dedicated to raising awareness for the issues facing the more than 20 million victims of crime in the United States each year.

“No one expects to be a victim of crime, but when you are you expect the criminal justice system to be there for you,” said Mayor Taylor. “I’m proud of the work our police and prosecutors do to help crime victims. We have a culture here of treating victims compassionately. But there’s always more we can do, and I hope our proclamation for Crime Victims’ Rights Week helps to bring attention to issues of crime and start some discussions.”

An average of 9 violent crimes occurs daily in Montana, in addition to dozens more property crimes, according to recent FBI crime statistics.  

The objective of Crime Victims’ Rights Week is to foster discussions about how the criminal justice system works for the thousands of victims each year to ensure that system is responsive to their needs. 

The Bozeman Crime Victims’ Rights Week proclamation also recognizes the work done by the victim services community to create a safe and supportive environment for victims. Victim advocates assist crime victims by keeping them informed about proceedings in their case and helping them obtain state and local services that may be available to them.

“I want to thank Mayor Taylor and the rest of the City Commissioner for bringing attention to the issues that crime victims face,” said Chuck Denowh, the state director of Marsy’s Law for Montana, a ballot initiative campaign seeking to add a Crime Victims Bill of Rights to the Montana Constitution.  “Our law enforcement officials and prosectors in Montana do an excellent job, but there are times when victims can feel left out of the process.  Marsy’s Law will help fix that problem by giving equal rights to victims of crime.”