Slemp To Host National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Events

Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton C.H. “Chuck” Slemp, III will be hosting two events to honor National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Wise.

The first Wise County NCVRW program will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., hosted by Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp and the Wise County Victim Witness Assistance Program. The theme of the event is “Beyond a Survivor: Overcoming Domestic Violence.”

The event will feature an appearance by domestic violence survivors and victim advocates, including Teresa McKensie, Floyd County & Radford City Victim Witness Assistant Director, and Teresa Layne, Tazewell County Victim Witness Assistant Director. This program will be held on the front Courthouse Lawn in downtown Wise. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Cantrell Banquet Hall on the UVa-Wise campus.

The second event, to be held the same day, will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., titled “A Walk in her Shoes: Walk to End Sexual Violence,” in which participants will walk the track around the UVa-Wise baseball field in high heels. That event is hosted by Family Crisis Support Services, Inc., the Wise County Victim Witness Program and Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp in a collaborative effort for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“We hope that the public comes out to honor National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and to support our efforts to end domestic and sexual violence,” stated Slemp, adding that Wise County’s victim witness program served over 600 individuals in 2016.

“Our prosecutors handled hundreds of domestic and sexual violence cases last year. These are the most underreported crimes and the most difficult to prosecute. Thus, we pause next week to honor those who are victims and the efforts being made by law enforcement every day to assist victims become survivors.”

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an annual commemoration in the United States that promotes victims’ rights and services. This year communities across the country will be observing NCVRW from April 2 to 8. April is also recognized nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme for the observance is “Strength. Resilience. Justice.” and is meant to reflect the vision in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

For more information contact Joni Coleman at 276-328-9406 or jcoleman@wisecwa.info.

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