CSU - Pueblo sponsors week of National Crime Victims Rights activities, April 23-27

CSU - Pueblo sponsors week of National Crime Victims Rights activities, April 23-27

PUEBLO – On Monday, April 23, Colorado State University-Pueblo will begin a week of activities recognizing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to honor crime victims and our nation’s progress in advancing their rights. This year’s theme—Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim—celebrates the vision behind that progress and the ideal of serving all victims of crime.

CSU-Pueblo will observe National Crime Victims’ Rights week with special events and programs from April 23–April 27, including a Project Clothesline, a sexual assault blow out, and a self defense workshop. Each day’s activities will highlight a different crime. Resource tables with a range of informational materials available will be set up in the lobbies of the Occhiato University Center, Student Recreation Center, Massari Arena, Hasan School of Businesses, Technology, Math /Physics, Life Science, Art/Music buildings and a main information table at the Library and Academic Resources Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. the entire week.

Student Social Work Association will display the Clothesline Project the full week in the 10 same locations as the information tables. Started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990, the project addresses the issue of violence against women by serving as a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide. For more information, visit http://www.clotheslineproject.org.

Monday’s activities (April 23), co-sponsored by ACOVA, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, will focus on identity theft.   

Tuesday’s focus (April 24) will be on suicide prevention thanks to a co-sponsorship with Pueblo Suicide Prevention and the Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology. A candlelight vigil will begin at    7  p.m. at Fountain Plaza.  

On Wednesday (April 25), Denim Day will bring awareness to sexual assault, co-sponsored by the Pueblo Rape Crisis Center, Women’s Studies Program,  and the Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology. The Office of Student Activities will help the campus break the silence by distributing whistles. Throughout the day, members of the Pueblo Rape Crisis Center, the
YWCA,  and other volunteers will sponsor a Blow Out during which volunteers will blow the whistles every 2.5 minutes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to increase awareness of the tragic statistic that a sexual assault occurs every 2.5 minutes in America. Other students are asked to join in to show unity and help break the silence at 11:50 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 12:50 p.m. by blowing your own
whistle.  To honor crime victims and all those who support them and advocate on their behalf, a dove release will occur at noon in front of the Library and Academic Resources Center. 

Relationship Violence will be the focus on Thursday (April 26) with co-sponsorship by the YWCA and the Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology.

Cyber Stalking and Bullying will be featured on Friday (April 27), co-sponsored by ACOVA, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Educate 2 Protect,  and the Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology.  The week will conclude with a self defense workshop tied to education about cyber stalking and bullying. The workshop will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in the wrestling room of Massari Arena.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Office of Student Activities at 719-549-2975 or email nicky.damania@colostate-pueblo.edu. Additional national statistics are available through the Office for Victims of Crime Web site, www.crimevictims.gov.

Each April since 1981, National Crime Victims Rights Week has been formally designated and commemorated at the federal level to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. The federal observance coincides with rallies, vigils, and public education campaigns staged in communities across the nation to articulate a consistent and unified message about the plight of our nation’s crime victims and to draw attention to the work of advocates and activists who work to assist our nation’s crime victims.

Every state has enacted victims’ rights laws, and 32 states have constitutional victims’ rights amendments. All states have victim compensation funds, and more than 10,000 victim service agencies have been established throughout the country. However, only a fraction of victims receive crime victim compensation, which is usually limited to victims of violent crime. More than 50 percent of crimes are not reported, and fewer than 20 percent of victims receive needed services.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.