National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017, provides us with an opportunity to reach out to crime victims and survivors with a willingness to minister to their needs. The theme this year is “Strength. Resilience. Justice.”
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was established in 1981 to inspire the community, raise awareness of victims’ rights, and address unmet needs. Sadly, the needs of many crime victims and survivors, including some who worship in our faith community, remain unaddressed and many feel abandoned by our Church.
Americans are victims of more than 20 million crimes each year, and the resulting trauma has long-lasting impact on individuals, their families and communities. Unaddressed trauma resulting from the criminal actions of others may lead to depression, hopelessness, and despair.
Here are resources to use in masses during this important commemorative week.