Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Every year in the United States, millions of crime victims are deserving of our collective understanding, compassion and respect; and

Whereas Certain types of crime, such as domestic and sexual violence; hate crimes; and violence against children, elders, persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, too often remain unreported because victims are intimidated, threatened, stigmatized and met with skepticism; and

Whereas Our shared goal is to work together to ensure access and equity of rights and services for all victims regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity; and

Whereas This year marks the 30th anniversary of both the Federal Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Massachusetts Victim Bill of Rights, which paved the way in addressing many of the obstacles survivors face and expanding survivors access to information and opportunities to have their voices heard; and

Whereas Massachusetts continues to rely on victims and survivors to develop and advance public policy and resulting best practices to ensure healing and serve the public interest; and

Whereas Events like the Boston Marathon bombings serve to raise our public awareness of the challenges faced by all victims of crime, and the importance of continuing our efforts to advance the Victims’ Rights Movement in the Commonwealth, across the country and around the world,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April, 2014, to be,

CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this fourteenth day of March, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts