HR 1191 - Advocates for crime victims; commend

First Reader Summary

A RESOLUTION commending advocates for crime victims; and for other purposes.

Buckner, Gail M (95th) Hegstrom, June (66th) Culbreth, Ronnie (132nd)
Taylor, Maretta M (134th) Hugley, Carolyn F (133rd) Buck, III, Thomas B (135th)
Status Summary HC: SC: LA: 03/02/98 H - Passed/Adopted
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House Action Senate
3/2/98 Read 1st Time
3/2/98 Passed/Adopted

HR 1191                                            LC 22 3173 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  1- 1  Commending advocates for crime victims; and for other 
  1- 2  purposes. 
  1- 3  WHEREAS, no one expects to be a victim of or a witness to a 
  1- 4  crime, yet one in four American households are victimized by 
  1- 5  a serious crime every year, including approximately 7 
  1- 6  million burglaries and 4,700,000 assaults and each day 468 
  1- 7  women are raped, 55 persons are murdered, and over 1,300 
  1- 8  children are abused; and 
  1- 9  WHEREAS, none of these people had a choice in becoming a 
  1-10  victim, and for so long the justice system appeared to favor 
  1-11  defendants and to continue to be insensitive and demeaning 
  1-12  to victims; and 
  1-13  WHEREAS, Georgia citizens have demanded that the scales of 
  1-14  justice be balanced for the equal protection, respect, and 
  1-15  dignity of the victims of crime; and 
  1-16  WHEREAS, Georgians for Victim Justice was formed in 1985, 
  1-17  V.O.C.A.L.'s Georgia chapter was activated in 1987, Crime 
  1-18  Victim Advocacy Council began meeting the needs of crime 
  1-19  victims in 1989, the Clayton Rape Crisis Center provides 
  1-20  excellent services for victims of rape, and victim-witness 
  1-21  assistance programs now flourish throughout Georgia, as well 
  1-22  as other organizations, all educating and serving citizens 
  1-23  throughout the criminal justice system; and 
  1-24  WHEREAS, due to the efforts of victim rights advocates, 
  1-25  coupled with the strong impact of the Georgia General 
  1-26  Assembly's passage of "two strikes and you're out" 
  1-27  legislation, index crimes in Georgia have decreased 
  1-28  significantly since 1992. 
  1-30  REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body commend the 
  1-31  dedicated efforts of victim rights advocates throughout 
  1-32  Georgia. 
  1-33  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of 
  1-34  Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit 
  1-35  appropriate copies of this resolution to Georgians for 
  2- 1  Victim Justice, V.O.C.A.L., the Crime Victim Advocacy 
  2- 2  Council, and the Clayton Rape Crisis Center. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98