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Art contest focuses on 30 years of victims’ rights

Superior Telegram

Artists of all ages are invited to focus attention on the rights of crime victims.

In conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 6-12, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is hosting a poster contest. Six winning posters will be turned into outdoor billboards to be displayed during the month of April.

“Victims have rights,” said Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank. “Defendants do not have all the rights. Victims need support and services and information and access to their rights, and that is what the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is proud to provide every day.”

That includes the work of assistant district attorneys, legal assistance and victim witness professionals. Court security officers, social workers, probation and parole agents, law enforcement officers and agencies like the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse are other links in the chain.

“Our goal is to promote and support crime victims,” Blank said. “And let’s not forget about their family and friends. Crime can have a very serious and long-term impact on victims and those close to them. Crime victims’ rights balance our court system and are the best way to ensure ‘… and justice for all.’”

The theme for this year’s crime victim rights week is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice,” which commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act. Enacted in 1984, it established the Crime Victims Fund, which supports state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

All residents of Douglas County are welcome to submit artwork for the contest. The work can be in crayon, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, poster paint or markers.

A hint from the District Attorney’s Office: Brilliant colors are best.

Posters should be mailed or hand delivered to Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, 1313 Belknap St., Room 201, Superior, WI 54880.

All posters must be received by the office by noon Feb. 21 and winners are notified in mid-March.

The contest is funded by a federal grant and in partnership of Lamar advertising.

The artist’s name, age and parent(s) name if a minor, address, email address and phone number must be written on back of the poster. Posters missing the information will not be eligible for the contest. Posters must be a minimum of 8½ by 11 inches but no larger than 11 by 13 inches. Only one poster per person is accepted, and will not be returned.

All entries will be displayed for public viewing at the courthouse April 6-12.