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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen encourages Wisconsin to commemorate National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which runs from April 22 to April 28, during a ceremony, hosted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council. The ceremony will take place in the State Capitol Rotunda (Balcony Level) April 25, 2012, at noon.
The theme of this year's National Crime Victims' Rights Week is “Extending the Vision, Reaching Every Victim.” Throughout the DOJ, serving Wisconsin's victims of crime is a priority. The Office of Crime Victim Services helps victims understand and exercise theirrights through the DOJ Victim Resource Center, and provides assistance through the Crime Victims' Compensation Program, and by supporting county victim-witness professionals and victim service providers. Special Agents in the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) work tirelessly to identify suspects while forensic scientists at the State Crime Lab process evidence to assist attorneys in successful prosecutions. Further, when assistant attorneys general in the Criminal Appeals Unit sustain convictions, their work prevents the possible re-victimization that could come from another trial. This is merely a snapshot of the many ways in which staff at the DOJ serve crime victims. For more information about rights of and services for victims of crime, or National Crime Victims' Rights Week, visit the DOJ online
Additionally, on April 25, 2012, many DOJ employees will wear jeans to work in recognition of “Denim Day,” a day to raise awareness about sexual violence. “Denim Day” originated from the case a young woman in Italy who was raped by her driving instructor. His conviction was overturned when the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court reasoned that the woman's jeans were too tight, that she had to remove them, thereby giving consent. Women in the Italian Parliament protested by standing at the Capitol and wearing jeans. “Denim Day” is held throughout the country to educate the public about sexual violence. For more information about Denim Day in Wisconsin, see the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault website (www.wcasa.org/).