house resolution no.231

Reps. Beeler, BeGole, Bezotte, Thompson, Smit, Slagh, St. Germaine, Schmaltz, Alexander, Roth, DeBoyer, Bierlein, Aragona, Mueller and VanderWall offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 21-27, 2024, as Crime Victim Rights Awareness Week in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Crime is a grievous affront to the values of our society, undermining the very fabric of communal trust and safety; and

Whereas, The very nature of crime is anti-social, and its existence highlights opposition to the social order and the well-being of individuals and communities; and

Whereas, Recognizing crime as a preventable phenomenon is crucial to address the underlying factors that contribute to criminal behavior, such as a weakened legal system, lack of support for law enforcement officers, and failure to equip the justice system to adequately deal with criminals; and

Whereas, The impact of crime can be devastating and long-lasting, affecting the physical, emotional, and financial well-being of victims; and

Whereas, Crime Victim Rights Awareness Week serves not only to support victims but also to galvanize public and legislative action toward effective crime prevention strategies; and

Whereas, The enforcement of strong and effective legislation is crucial in the fight against crime and in providing justice to victims; and

Whereas, The imperative for concrete legislative action is evident, as laws form the foundation of our endeavors to deter crime and provide justice to victims; and

Whereas, Crime Victim Rights Awareness Week is an opportunity to educate the public about the challenges faced by crime victims, the resources available to them, and the need for strong and concrete action against crime; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 21-27, 2024, as Crime Victim Rights Awareness Week in the state of Michigan. We acknowledge the anti-social and preventable nature of crime and its profound impact on individuals and society. We support comprehensive and preventative measures in addressing the root causes of crime, including but not limited to enhancing law enforcement capabilities, providing resources for crime prevention programs, and ensuring robust support systems for victims.