For more than three decades, advocates from every corner of
America have worked to reinforce rights, services, and support
for victims of crime. Our Nation stands stronger for their
efforts. Today, thousands of victim assistance programs empower
survivors with the tools to rebuild their lives. Yet, when only
about half of all violent crimes are reported to the police and
many victims struggle to secure the help they need, we know we
must do more. This week, we rededicate ourselves to securing
the full measure of justice for every crime victim, resolving
disparities in our criminal justice system, and preventing
crimes before they occur.
The incidence of crime in the United States is an affront
to our national conscience and cannot be ignored. Millions of
Americans experience violent or property crime victimization
every year, and still more are impacted as they help a loved one
in their hour of need. Sadly, children, seniors, persons with
disabilities, immigrants, and traditionally underserved
communities continue to experience disproportionately high rates
of victimization. Moreover, women suffer the vast majority of
intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and rape. These
outcomes are deplorable, and we must come together to build
communities where all people have the opportunity to live in
safety and security.
My Administration is committed to realizing that vision.
With leadership from the Department of Justice, we are investing
in programs to prevent crime, drug abuse, and violence in
communities across our Nation. We are partnering with
organizations and agencies at every level of government to
develop robust victim services, support law enforcement, and
strengthen our criminal justice system. We issued a revised
definition of rape that will shed new light on how often this
crime occurs, and we continue to combat sexual violence and
expand support for survivors. From disrupting human trafficking
networks, to fighting financial fraud, to empowering the
millions who are affected by crime every year, my Administration
is working to bring more Americans the services and protection
they deserve. For additional information, resources, and
assistance, visit www.CrimeVictims.gov.
During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, we commemorate
the efforts of all who bring hope to crime victims during their
darkest hour. As we reflect on the progress we have made toward
ensuring fair treatment and full support for all crime victims,
let us renew that fundamental American impulse to stand with
those in need.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in
me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do
hereby proclaim April 22 through April 28, 2012, as National
Crime Victims' Rights Week. I call upon all Americans to
observe this week by participating in events that raise
awareness of victims' rights and services, and by volunteering
to serve victims in their time of need.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-third day of April, in the year of our Lord
two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
[FR Doc. 2012-10401 Filed 04/26/2012 at 11:15 am;
Publication Date: 04/27/2012]