The Annual Crime Victims' Rights Conference Wraps Up

By: Stephanie Ramos Email
By: Stephanie Ramos Email

Victim advocates from around the state gathered this week to learn more about helping crime victims.

Those topics varied from helping traumatized children to fighting gang and sexual violence to Officer safety.

The conference wrapped up with Attorney General Stephen Six honoring individuals who work to better the community and help crime victims.

Award recipient and Wichita Police Officer Dwain Diehl says, " one of the programs started in Wichita and Topeka is Project Butterfly which allows victim advocates and police officers to get prostitutes out of that lifestyle. As a law enforcement officer I work in bad areas and want to be proactive, instead of them going back and forth into jail we provide them with resources."

Victim advocates for children also took part in the conference.

32 year veteran in the field of social work, Verlene Kunz says, "somebody has to be an advocate for children who can't speak for themselves. Somebody has to do something and stay involved and try to help."

Ellen Micthell, the Saline County Attorney was also honored as well as the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

For a full listing of victims' rights click on the link below.


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