PROCLAMATION BY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WILLIAM S. COHEN
"The week of April 25 through May 1, 1999, marks the commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. During this week all Americans will have the opportunity to reflect on the impact of crime on victims and on the central role of victims in our criminal justice systems. This special commemoration provides DoD personnel an opportunity to renew our commitment to respond to crime victims with compassion, fairness and respect.
"This year's theme, 'Victims' Voices: Silent No More,' emphasizes how the individual and collective voices of victims have improved our judicial system. When victims speak out, it reminds us of their personal suffering and the physical, financial, and psychological results of crime.
"During this special observance and throughout the year, fair treatment for victims should remain an essential element of our military justice system. We take great pride in the victim support programs we have in the Department of Defense, and remain committed to treating every victim with dignity, compassion and respect, and to work with them to enhance our communities.
"I am honored to proclaim the week of April 25 through May 1, 1999, as the Department of Defense Crime Victims' Rights Week. This week offers us an excellent opportunity to express our support for all victims and ensure that their voices and needs are heard and heeded."