Crime Victims' Rights Week

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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Reshaping the future, honoring the past

In conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the Stearns County Board of Commissioners has designated April 10-16, as Crime Victims' Rights Week in Stearns County. The Stearns County Attorney's Office employs three Victim Assistance Coordinators. Sandra Kruse, Heather Knapton and Brenda Engelking assist victims of crimes committed in Stearns County. From Jan. 1 through December 31, 2010, these coordinators worked with more than 2,400 crime victims and provided more than 12,500 services ranging from court escorts to providing child care to fulfilling restitution requests.

For more information, please contact the Stearns County Attorney's Office at (320) 656-3880.

We invite the public to join us for An Evening of Remembrance and Celebration, held at the St. Cloud Police Department Tuesday, April 12. A social begins at 6 p.m., with food and beverages provided. A program will follow at 6:30 p.m. and includes a keynote address by Jim Lym, Minnesota Hope Chapter; Parents of Murdered Children, victim testimonies, presentation of a living memorial and door prizes. This year Stearns County was chosen as the recipient of a plaque which will be presented as a tribute to the healing journey of crime victims and in recognition of those agencies and individuals dedicated to serving them. This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The event is sponsored by: Anna Marie's Alliance; Benton County Attorney's Office Victim Assistance Program; Central MN Sexual Assault Center; Mothers Against Drunk Driving-Stearns County Community Action Site; Minnesota Department of Corrections; Parents of Murdered Children; Sherburne County Attorney's Office-Crime Victim Witness Services; St. Cloud City Attorney's Office Victim Assistance Program; and Stearns County Attorney's Office Victim Assistance Program.