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Note to the community regarding Crime Victims’ Rights Week display

Dear Community Members:

Thank you for taking the time to stop and look at the Eagle County Crime Victims’ Rights Week display.  This display is provided in collaboration with the Two Rivers Coalition for Victim Advocacy in Garfield County.

From violence in the home to credit card fraud on the internet, 23 million Americans fall victim to crime each year, and of those 5.2 million are victims of violent crime.  During Crime Victims’ Rights Week we honor crime victims and take this opportunity recommit ourselves to the goal of “justice for all”.  We do this by ensuring that victims are afforded their legal rights under the Colorado Victim Rights Act of 1993 and provide information and support as those victims face the financial, physical, and psychological impact of crime.

Each of the 633 signs you see represent a victim of crime assisted by the Victim Services Unit of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office in 2012.  The signs are silhouettes of children and adults with a different color for different types of crime. 

Green Survivors of homicide, vehicular assault and other crimes resulting in death 12
Purple Domestic Violence 285
Teal Sexual Abuse - adults and children 133
Blue Child Abuse/endangerment 22
Yellow Physical Assault 74
Red Robbery, menacing, stalking, sudden death, burglary, theft etc. 96

The numbers above include primary and secondary victims of crime.  For example, with one victim of child sexual abuse advocates may contact parents and siblings that are also impacted.

April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month.   According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men in Colorado have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.  Even more shocking is that fact that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are sexually abused before the age of 18.

• For sexual assault information go to or call their national hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE

• For help with intimate partner violence call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE or
locally the Bright Future Foundation, 970-949-7086

• To learn more about crime victims’ rights and the Victim Services Unit please call 970-328-8539