You might see an extra police presence at Boise State this week, and there's a good reason for it.  

Victim's Rights Week kicked off yesterday (April 8) at Boise State and continues with events scheduled through Thursday.  If you're seeing more uniformed officers on campus this week, that's why.

Boise State says on its website that it's hosting several groups this week including:

Boise Police Department
Idaho Network of Child Advocacy Centers
Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Women’s and Children’s Alliance
Idaho House of Representatives
Nampa Family Justice Center

Anyone can attend the sessions and events and hear speakers talk about things like human trafficking, homicide, stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.  They're showing documentaries throughout the week too covering several different topics related to victims’ rights.

Events happen from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm today through Thursday in the Student Union Building, Bishop Barnwell Room.  Today's session at 5:30 pm will feature Rafael Gonzalez from the U.S. Attorney’s Office covering Hate and Bias Crime.  Peggy Higgins with the Boise Police Department will speak tomorrow at 2:30 pm on Victims' Rights.  Those are just a couple of examples, and all events are open to the public.

Boise is pretty alert when it comes to social consciousness, and attending one of these events might be a good way to keep that going.  And support a friend or two who might have been a crime or abuse victim in the past.

The theme for National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future," and it runs through April 13th.  Click HERE to connect with some valuable resources.

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