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WHEREAS, Americans are the victims of more than 20 million crimes annually, affecting individuals and communities; and

WHEREAS, providing victims with knowledge of their rights and available services strengthens their ability to recover by restoring a sense of self-empowerment, and a trauma-informed response to victims promotes healing and fosters strength in survivors; and

WHEREAS, unaddressed trauma from victimization weakens the resilience of victims and their communities, impeding their ability to withstand future trauma, and victims who feel understood and supported are more likely to disclose their victimization, seek services, and participate in the justice process; and

WHEREAS, a multi-disciplinary response, involving collaboration among victim service professionals, criminal justice officials, legal professionals, medical and mental health providers, and community leaders is essential to reach and serve all victims, especially those who are marginalized, have disabilities, or live in remote locations; and

WHEREAS, strengthening the multidisciplinary response, bringing diverse skills, perspectives, and understandings together in the service of victims, also serves to build the resilience of those responders, by strengthening the confidence in their roles, abilities, and sense of contribution; and

WHEREAS, National Crime Victims' Rights Week, provides an opportunity to recommit to ensuring that all victims of crime, especially those who are challenging to reach or serve, are afforded their rights and receive a trauma-informed response; and

WHEREAS, we express gratitude and appreciation for community members, victim service providers, and criminal justice professionals who are committed to helping victims of crime find support, justice, and peace;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  April 2-8, 2017

 Crime Victims' Rights Week in Nevada

 

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