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                                   NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE ®






                                   Newsletter



                                                        Volume 14, Number  1 (of 12 Issues), 1990



White House, Justice, Congress Salute Victim Rights

    AnnualRose Garden Ceremony Honors Activists, Counselors


In every April of the
past  decade, the
President or the At-
torney General has
hosted a ceremony
to affirm the Fed-
eral government's
support  of crime
victims' interests on
the occasion of Na-
tional Victim Rights
Week  (as it is most
often called). Presi-
dent George  Bush
and  Attorney Gen-
eral Dick  Thorn-
burgh  teamed  up
this year to continue Awardees (from I
the tradition at a  Milton Cole Cons
Rose Garden  cere-
mony April 25, 1990 - this time, for the
first time, with the support ofa resolution
passed by Congress honoring the com-
memorative week.
    The following is the Justice Depart-
ment's words of tributefor the individuals
who  were saluted at the Rose Garden
ceremony. In a future issue. the News-
letter will reproduce the President's
proclamation and give other highlights of
National Victim Rights Week, 1990.

    President George Bush and Attorney
General Dick Thornburgh today honored
seven people who have made outstanding
contributions in assisting victims of
crime. Before the ceremony, President
Bush  also signed a Proclamation com-
memorating  National Crime  Victims'
Rights Week (April 22-28, 1990). Those
honored at the White House ceremony
were selected by the Office for Victims of
Crime, a component of the Justice De-
partment's Office of Justice Programs,


ft): John Walsh, Emilia Olson, Dean Kilpatrick,
tance and Howard Clery, with OVC Director Ja

   from 200 nominations submitted by Fed-
   eral, state, and local criminal justice and
   victim assistance officials, national vic-
   tim assistance organizations, and individ-
   ual citizens.
       I commend  these outstanding men
   and women who have dedicated countless
   hours of hard work to ensure the fair treat-
   ment  of crime victims, Thornburgh
   said. They are some of the 'thousand
   points of light' President Bush keeps talk-
   ing about -those who work day after day
   on behalf of others. These outstanding
   American citizens and others like them
   around the country give of themselves
   selflessly to safeguard the rights and well-
   being of the innocent victims of crime.

       Those honored were:
       * Howard  and Constance Clery, of
   Bryn Mawr,  Pennsylvania. The Clerys
   dedicated their lives to preventing future
   campus  victimizations since the murder
   of theirdaughter, Jeanne, in herdormitory


                  room by a fellow stu-
                  dent at Lehigh Uni-
                  versity in April 1986.
                  They  founded  the
                  nonprofit organiza-
                  tion, Security on
                  Campus,  Inc., and
                  spearheaded a  na-
                  tional campaign to
                  obtain passage  of
                  legislation mandat-
                  ing that colleges, uni-
                  versities and other in-
                  stitutions of higher
                  learning be required
                  to publish their vio-
                  lent crime and drug/
 Sandra Heverly,  alcohol offense sta-
ne Nady Burnley.  tistics. Four states
                  have adopted such
 legislation; it is pending in 29 other states.
    The Clerys also have worked for pas-
 sage of Federal legislation, and obtained
 sponsorship for the Crime Awareness
 and Campus Security Act of 1989 in the
 United States Senate and the House of
 Representatives.

             (See Honorees, page 2)



 In   This Issue:
   * First Bill of Rights
     Remembered...            3

   * Calendar of Upcoming
     Events  ..............   4

   * Your  Editor's Working
     to'Get it Together ..... 8


The NOVA Newsletter is published as a service to the NOVA membership and the general public. Views expressed here are those of their authors and do not necessarily
reflect those of the Board of Directors of NOVA. ( 1989 by the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Permission is granted to reproduce copyrighted materials
from the Newsletter provided the source and copyright are appropriately noted.

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