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National Crime Victims' Rights Week events

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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To observe National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which kicked off April 13 and lasts through April 19, many communities in Indiana have organized events to recognize crime victims, survivors, and the service providers who come to their aid.

Some events around the state include:

Victim Assistance Candlelight Vigil, 5:30 p.m. today at the Allen County Courthouse, 715 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. The event is sponsored by Fort Wayne Police Department Victim Assistance.

Understanding & Investing in Children Trapped in Domestic Violence, 8 a.m. to noon April 16 at Dynasty Banquet Hall, 4141 Calumet Ave., Hammond. Participants of the event can increase their understanding regarding the impact domestic violence has on victims' children.

7th Annual Legacy House R.O.C.C.-A-Thon (Reaching Out to Citizens Affected by Crime), 10 a.m. April 17 on the north side of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Victim service agencies from Marion County will distribute information and participants will rock to raise awareness of victims' rights and services. Marilyn Behrman, mother of slain Indiana University student Jill Behrman, will speak at the event.

Candles on the Square, 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., April 18 at 4th and Main Streets on the Courthouse Square, Mt. Vernon. Willow Tree of Posey County will light candles on the Courthouse Square to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community.

Barnes & Noble book fair, 11 a.m. to noon, April 19, 2813 E. 3rd St., Bloomington. Scott Russell Sanders will read excerpts from his book, "A Private History of Awe." A percentage of all purchases made with a voucher will go to Monroe County CASA.
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