Lafayette County Prosecuter Kellie Wingate-Campbell.

In conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Lafayette Count Prosecutor’s Office will hold a breakfast Friday morning.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Prosecutor Kellie Campbell:

Kellie Campbell

The event’s purpose is to promote education, awareness, and recognition.  “We want to recognize that victims haven’t always had a voice in the courtroom, and we have come a long way nationally and state-wide,” said Campbell, “This year marks the 20th year of actual victims’ rights in progress, legally, through our court system.  And although a lot was accomplished in the past 20 years, we’re also recognizing the need for improvement.”

A keynote speaker will discuss child physical and sexual abuse.  Campbell said she expects the presentation to be both motivational and moving.  Victims, officials, advocates, law enforcement, and members of the public are welcome to attend.

The free event gets underway at 8:00 Friday morning at the 4-Life Center, located at 811 S. 13 Highway in Lexington.

Press Release from the Lafayette County Prosecutor’s Office

During the week of April 21-27, communities throughout the nation will rally to honor and support victims of crime. With the state-wide theme, ‘Crime Victims’Rights: New Challenges, New Solutions’, 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will recall the ideals that inspired the decades-long struggle of the victims’ rights movement and challenge all Americans to honor victims’ rights.

The 2013 Lafayette County Annual Victims’ Rights Breakfast will be held on Friday, April 26th, at 8:00 a.m. at the 4-Life Center in Lexington, Missouri. The free breakfast will accompany a program, all of which is open to the public. Speakers will focus on prevention of child physical and sexual abuse as well as a recent court ruling finally declaring that drug cases are not victimless crimes.

The breakfast also honors those in service-oriented occupations who serve victims on a daily basis. The Lafayette County Prosecutor’s office works closely with law enforcement, social service agencies, domestic violence shelters and counseling agencies to ensure that victims feel safe and have a voice in the criminal justice system.

Lafayette County Prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell was surprised to learn earlier this year that an article she authored for the Journal of The Missouri Bar would be published during the month of April, an appropriate coincidence since the article focuses on strengthening victims’ rights. The article, “Victim Confidentiality Laws Promote Safety & Dignity”, can be found online at www.mobar.org with hard copies to be released this week.

All are invited and welcome to attend the informational breakfast.