Proclamation 5797 -- Crime Victims Week, 1988
the President of the
The principle of liberty and justice for all is one of our Nation's most fundamental goals and responsibilities. The vicious conduct of criminals against innocent, law-abiding citizens, however, continues to victimize millions of Americans each year. Our heritage of liberty and justice for all is threatened by this toll, so all of us -- government officials, the criminal justice system, opinion-makers, and members of the public -- must heed and help crime victims. Crime Victims Week is a fitting time for reflection on ways to assist fully those of us whose unalienable rights have been violated by criminals.
of crime carry a burden inconceivable to others, and
Across our Nation, private citizens and groups, criminal justice personnel, service providers, and victims of crime themselves are helping -- working for legislative reforms, monitoring court procedures, accompanying law officers to crime scenes, offering emotional support to crime victims and their families, and sparing countless people from the unjust burdens imposed by lack of concern or understanding. Those who so successfully attend to the needs and rights of innocent victims of crime deserve our gratitude and our assistance as they seek ``liberty and justice for all.''
Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 234, has designated the week beginning
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of April, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the
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