FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2013
Contact: Kath Cummins
Director for Public Affairs
The shooting today at the Sparks Middle School near Reno Nevada is a reminder that the needs of crime victims should be a priority in all our communities.
“Our hearts go out to the victims in this horrific shooting, the families of those killed and those critically injured,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
“This shooting is an assault on individuals and families, but also on a school community – where all teachers, children and parents have a right to feel safe.”
“Many crime victims suffer long term physical and mental harm. They struggle to work, pay bills and keep their families together. It is incumbent on all of us to rally around and do what we can over the coming months and years to support their recovery and aid them to rebuild their lives.”
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.