Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Friday, April 23, 1999


AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced plans for "National Crime Victims' Rights Week" scheduled for April 25 to May 1, 1999. Texas communities will be hosting events to commemorate the rights of crime victims.

This year's theme, "Victims' Voices: Silent No More" emphasizes the power of the personal story of victims, and how their individual and collective voices have improved our justice system and made our communities safer.

"So often attention is focused on the rights of criminals and not the rights of victims. They are often forgotten,"said Attorney General John Cornyn.

Several events are planned statewide. In Austin, Anita Perry, the wife of

Lt. Governor Rick Perry, will read a proclamation from the Governor recognizing the week. The proclamation will be read in the Senate chambers on Monday afternoon, April 26th. A dinner featuring keynote speaker, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn will begin at

6:30 p.m. Monday evening at the Radisson Hotel downtown.The dinner will also honor Senators Royce West, Mike Moncrief, John Whitmire and Representative Pete Gallego for their work on crime victims rights legislation.

The schedule for other highlighted statewide events is as follows:

April 25 El Paso Ceremony and Vigil

April 27 Dallas Ceremony at the Dallas County Courthouse

April 28 Austin Ceremony at Central Christian Church

12th and Guadalupe

April 29 Temple Concert at Belton High School featuring

Gaynell Colburn, victim survivor

Ft. Worth Tarrant County District Attorney's office sponsors

a network gathering

May 1 Galveston "The Road to Victim Justice - 5K Walk and Run

Ft Worth Candlelight vigil remembering crime victims

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