Spotlighting help for local crime victims
By John W. Gonzalez, San Antonio Express News
Updated 10:09 p.m., Sunday, April 1, 2012
Crime victims and advocates are planning a full month of events in April to call attention to issues faced by victims — and the help available for them — but the week of April 9 will be especially active.
Events include open houses at agencies that serve victims and families, a TV hotline and tributes such as a balloon release at Main Plaza and dove release at the San Antonio Police Academy.
April also is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Bexar County. To start the observance, state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, County Judge Nelson Wolff, Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz and Police Chief William McManus will gather on the Bexar County Courthouse steps at 11:30 a.m. today. Joined by groups that serve victims of child abuse, the officials will urge the community to consider their plight.
A coalition of groups and Bexar County offices and agencies went to Commissioners Court last week to accept a proclamation recognizing April 9-14 as National Crime Victims Rights Week. Each year, 18.7 million people around the nation are directly harmed by crime, but many entities are available to help them, Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson said.
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