FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2013
Contact: Sam Webster
July 20 marks the one year mark of the movie theatre mass shooting in Aurora Colorado. A year ago, 12 people died, 70 suffered physical injuries and scores of others were traumatized by what they experienced.
The National Center for Victims of Crime today stands with these victims and their families, and with the victims of mass crimes like the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, and the terrorist bombings at the Boston marathon. Many of these victims are still struggling to work, take care of their families and re-build their lives.
This day reminds us that the needs of crime victims extend beyond the crime's immediate aftermath. Recovery can take years, and victims need the ongoing support of their communities.
We are also reminded that despite the outpouring of public generosity, the families affected by these mass crimes are often left financially as well as physically and emotionally devastated.
Along with more than 70 families affected by past mass shootings, the National Center supports the creation of a single, transparent National Compassion Fund to to ensure that victims get all the money donated by the public in their names, and that donor intent is honored.
Many families never fully recover from crime. The costs inflicted on them means they lose their homes and their savings, and their children may be unable to pay for college or buy homes of their own. But with the support of community organizations, governments and the public, we can do more to ease their suffering and provide the assistance they need.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.