Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas More than 33 million Americans who are victims of crime each year suffer emotional, physical, psychological and financial harm; and
Whereas Victims, witnesses and their families deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion and afforded opportunities for healing and justice; 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 The Victims’ Movement has made great strides in addressing many hurdles survivors experience including physical and emotional injuries, costly financial burdens, and victim-blaming attitudes; however, these and other hurdles still endure; 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 We will continue to advance the victim rights movement, inspired by the anguish and resilience of victims and survivors 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 2013, 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 twenty-first day of March, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth