Local residents receive service awards during National Crime Victims' Rights Week
National Crime Victims' Rights Week takes place this year on April 2-8. This is an awareness week that takes place every year during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is in April. Every year, Someplace Safe presents awards to two community members for Outstanding Service on Behalf of Crime Victims.
This year's recipients are Stacey Carr, MAHUBE-OTWA, and Shirley Uselman of the Chamber of Commerce.
"Stacy and Shirley have each gone above and beyond to advocate for victims of crime in this community," said Tanja Richter, Crime Victim Advocate, Someplace Safe. "When they know that someone is experiencing violence, they help connect that person with help and resources in our community."
Many people are already aware of the rights of defendants in a criminal justice proceeding. Victims may feel marginalized in that process but during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, we take time to recognize the rights of victims in the criminal justice system.
These rights include:
• The right to be notified
• The right to protection from harm
• The right to participate in prosecution
• The right to apply for financial assistance
Additional rights are available to domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment victims.
More information about each right is available by contacting Tanja Richter at Someplace Safe, (218) 631.3311 or www.someplacesafe.info, or by visiting the website for Minnesota's Office of Justice Programs at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp.