Chabot Recognizes National Crime Victims Rights Week
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) recognized National Crime Victims Rights Week today with a speech on the House floor. Chabot, author of the Crime Victims' Rights Act which passed in 2004 as a part of the Justice for All Act, has been an outspoken advocate for victims of crime.
Chabot's speech is below:
Floor Speech by Congresman Steve Chabot
April 26, 2006
Recognizing National Crime Victims Rights Week
I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize Crime Victims Week, with my colleagues from the Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus.
Recently, the Judiciary Crime Subcommittee examined the issue of crime victims where I learned that one violent crime occurs every 6 seconds, one rape or sexual assault occurs every 2.5 minutes, one child is reported abused or neglected every 35 seconds and one violent crime is committed every 20 seconds.
The issue of how crime victims are treated within the criminal justice system has been of paramount importance to me throughout my tenure in congress. I was the sponsor of the Crime Victims Rights Constitutional Amendment in the 106th, 107th, and 108th Congresses. This legislation would grant crime victims the right: to be reasonably protected from the accused, notified of court proceedings, be heard at public proceedings, confer with the Government attorney in the case, full and timely restitution, and no unreasonable delays in proceedings and most importantly, be treated with fairness and respect.
Unfortunately, despite numerous hearings and attempts by Senators Kyl, Feinstein, myself, and others, we could not get a constitutional amendment passed. However, the Crime Victims Rights Act was included as Title I of the Justice for All Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on October 30, 2004.
The Crime Victims Rights Act was the first federal law to truly provide crime victims with dignity and respect through an established and enforceable set of rights. This ensures that justice is reserved not only for the accused, but also for the thousands of people whose lives have been impacted by crime.
I would also like to recognize the tireless and important work of groups like the Parents of Murdered Children who are located in my district and whose mission is to make a difference through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy, and awareness. I have sponsored legislation along with Rep. Shadegg to create a National Day of Remembrance for surviving friends and family of murdered victims. This day also helps to educate communities about the rights and services available to surviving family members.
I ask my colleagues to join me in remembering crime victims by observing this week so victims know that they have advocates in our nation's capitol.