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Recognizing National Crime Victims Rights Week

Location: Washington, DC

RECOGNIZING NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK -- (House of Representatives - April 26, 2006)

(Mr. CHABOT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. CHABOT. Madam Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Crime Victims Rights Week with my colleagues from the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus.

Recently, the Judiciary Crime Subcommittee examined the issue of crime victims where we discovered that one violent crime occurs every 6 seconds in this country, one rape or sexual assault occurs every 2 1/2 minutes.

The issue of how crime victims are treated within the criminal justice system has been of paramount importance to myself and many of us throughout our tenure in Congress. I was the sponsor of the Crime Victims Rights constitutional amendment back in the 106th, 107th and 108th Congresses. That legislation would have given crime victims the right to be reasonably protected from the accused, to be heard at all court proceedings, to receive full and just compensation in the form of restitution and, most importantly, to be treated with fairness and dignity and respect.

Unfortunately, despite numerous hearings and attempts by Senators Kyl and Feinstein, it was bipartisan, myself and others, we did not have the votes to pass a constitutional amendment. However, the Crime Victims Rights Act was included as title I of the Justice for All Act.

We need to recognize and support all crime victims in this country.

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