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During the week of April 18 to 24, communities throughout the nation will rally to honor and support victims of crime.

The aim of 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, themed “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect,” is to reinforce the ideals that inspired the decades-long struggle of the victims’ rights movement and challenge all Americans to honor victims’ rights.

Only a few decades ago, unfairness, indignities and disrespect confronted many victims of crime. “Victims of Crime in America,” the 1984 report of the President’s Task Force on Victim of Crime, described a “hellish” justice system focused on offenders and indifferent to victims’ needs. It told of one victim that was disabled by a crime who cashed in his life insurance to pay for heat and food and a sexual assault victim who faced taunts and jeers from her attacker when she was forced to sit beside him in a courthouse hallway before the trial. Then she was excluded from the trial.

At that time, victims’ only “right” declared one expert, was to “remain silent” in the face of inequities.

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The Ohio Department of Aging invites the state’s seniors, near-seniors, advocates, caregivers and others to become fans of the agency’s new page on Facebook.

To kick off its first foray into social media, the department is using Facebook to hold an Older Americans Month photo contest.

“Social media sites like Facebook give the Department of Aging a way to interact with older Ohioans and the people who care for and serve them as we never have before,” said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department. “We know that Americans age 50 and older represent the fastest-growing segment of Facebook’s users and we are excited about the potential this new medium provides. “

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Food For Thought, a local nonprofit group that helps feed the area’s less fortunate, received a donation of a vehicle to tow the organization’s mobile food pantry.

The organization put out a call for help last week seeking donations to help replace their `83 Chevy c30 1-ton truck, which needed extensive repairs.

“It has had repeated repairs such as transmission, alternator, power steering pump, carburetor, and now we have broken leaf springs in the rear suspension,” Assistant Director Matt Wahlgren told The Press last week, adding, “The repair will cost around $1,200 and that will still not fix the problems we have with the vehicle stalling.”

A donor, who has requested to remain anonymous, contacted the organization after viewing a story reporting the need.

Food for Thought will be using the new vehicle, a ¾ ton, 4X4 1999 Chevy Suburban, to pull their mobile pantry, used to pick up food, deliver to five mobile pantry sites each month, and transport items to the Toledo downtown library every Saturday for distribution to the area’s homeless. 

In addition to the wonderful donation, Food For Thought was contacted by local mechanic, John Bigelow, to repair their old truck, which will be used as a back-up vehicle and to tow the organization’s larger trailer when needed.     

 

Giving money to people along road

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