Group calls on lawmakers to pledge support for crime victims

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A humanitarian group in Rockland County is using National Crime Victim’s Rights week and Sexual Assault Awareness month to ask every local lawmaker to take a big step to prevent crimes of all kind.

New City's Center for Safety and Change wants to push elected officials to sign a proclamation that promises they will support victims of sexual assault, hate crimes and other injustices.

Organizers for the Center for Safety and Change say they have asked all town, county, state and federal officials representing Rockland County to sign the proclamation. So far, they have eight signatures and 50 more to go.

Good Samaritan and Nyack hospitals have donated a combined $35,000 to make sure specially trained nurses are available 24/7 to treat what administrators say is a rising number of sexual assault victims.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced Monday more than 80 state-funded victims assistance programs will receive a total of $20 million in grant money over the next three years to hire new case managers.

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