Tesmer recognizes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 19-25

Published 2:10 pm Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Butler, Lowndes and Crenshaw Counties: In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Charlotte Tesmer announces that this upcoming week is generally marked with activities in individual communities across the state and nation. However, considering the national health crisis and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s request of all Alabamians to “social distance,” most community events have been canceled. And, like the changes all of us have made in our lives, we too can change. Our activities to commemorate this week will move online to our virtual communities.

Our District Attorney’s Office plays a unique role in assisting crime victims. It is our shared mission to ensure Alabama’s crime victims’ rights are respected, that each victim is treated with dignity and each is provided with assistance to thrive in their new reality. Whether that is shelter assistance for a domestic violence victim, counseling for a child of abuse or financial compensation through Alabama’s Victim Compensation Fund,  we will endeavor in each act we perform to help in healing and end any further victimization.

Almost 30 years ago, Alabama’s Victim’s Bill of Rights was enacted into law. Prior to that historical and important legislation, victims were often excluded from the justice system both physically and emotionally. Many were not allowed in courtroom, most were not informed of the outcomes of their cases, and others were denied to the opportunity to speak at a sentencing or parole hearing.

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Today, next week, and every day going forward, we will continue to assist, include, and respect the victims of crime and their families, as we seek to ensure justice is served in all corners of a courtroom and all corners of the great state of Alabama.

My office together with 41 other Alabama district attorneys make up the Alabama District Attorneys Association (ADAA.) As prosecutors, we carry the highest burden in the Alabama justice system, each tasked with protecting the citizens of Alabama, providing a voice to victims and seeking justice for all. District attorneys provide support and guidance to victims of crime, build partnerships with service providers and are committed to empowering victims and preventing further victimization.

Charlotte Tesmer is district attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit. She can be reached at (334) 382-7444