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State’s Attorney’s Office to host victims’ rights event

WAUKEGAN – State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim invites residents of Lake County to attend a free event, Creating a More Inclusive Lake County, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 10 at the Holiday Inn Gurnee, 6161 W. Grand Ave. in Gurnee.

Viewing of the 2016 Oscar-winning short film “Sing (Mindenki)” will be followed by a facilitated discussion and breakout sessions. The film’s message of inclusion and fighting oppression and injustice will guide the dialogue.

There will be a focus on historically excluded groups, including individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA community. A Safe Place Executive Director Pat Davenport and Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor will join Nerheim at the event.

Creating a More Inclusive Lake County is Lake County’s commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which runs April 8 to 14. The national theme, “Expand the Circle. Reach All Victims,” underscores the need to reach all victims of crime.

“National Crime Victims’ Rights Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate the courage of victims of crime,” Nerheim said in the release. “It is my hope that this year’s focus on historically excluded groups will encourage more people to come forward and report crime when it occurs. Indeed, all residents of our community benefit when we are inclusive.”

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

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For information about 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Lake County, call Sandra Bankston, victim witness coordinator, at 847-377-3184 or visit

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