Though it is May, we are taking some time to reflect on National Crime Victims’ Rights week which was April 19-25, 2020. According to the National Office for Victims of Crime, “the weeklong initiative promotes victims’ rights and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf”.
Promoting Victims’ Rights
When a crime is committed against an individual, instead of feeling free and supported to navigate the situation as they see best, victims often feel as if their freedom and rights are taken away from them. People who have been victimized are often unaware of the rights promised to them under various laws and policies which were created to support victims of crime. At the Student Victim Assistance website, you can find the “Victims’ Rights” and “Sexual Assault Victim Bill of Rights” under the “Need Help?” tab. These pages describe some of the victims’ rights which are protected by law such as reasonable, accurate and timely notice of the arrest, release or escape of the accused and restitution (item replacement or monetary compensation for one’s loss).
Honoring Crime Victims
Student Victim Assistance would like to highlight the story of Anthony “Apple” Michael Hawkins, age 21….more>>>
For immediate victim assistance after hours: 404-413-1965
Student Victim Assistance is a confidential disclosure site for students who have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Disclosures made to Student Victim Assistance staff will be held in strict confidence and will not serve as notice to the university requiring a review of the disclosed conduct. Students who would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment to speak with Student Victim Assistance staff can call 404-413-1965.
Staff also are here to help students who have experienced any type of recent or past victimization regain a sense of control over their traumatic experience, so that they may resume their academic and personal pursuits. Student Victim Assistance can help students who know someone who has been victimized or would like to learn more about student victimization. Student Victim Assistance offers crisis intervention, advocacy and support for students. Student Victim assistance can assist students to determine their options and provide information related to their experience, even if they have no idea what they need or what they intend to do, which is a normal response to trauma. Students who seek victim assistance services are not obligated to pursue criminal or university charges.