Most of the so called "crime victims' rights" delineated in this resolution by the NDAA are so vague and undefined, as to be impotent and easily trampled by officials, many are also nothing new, afterall, the right to speak up has always existed, the right to "respect" and "dignity" means what exactly , and just what is "due consideration of the victim's safety...."?
But, just to make sure some victim doesn't get uppity about pressing prosecutors and judicial officials on these matters, at the end of the resolution there is this cynical little assurance to all out there, not to worry, you can keep on violating victims' rights with impunity, we've made sure they can't sue you. A phrase near the end of the resolution reads, "Nothing in this article provides grounds for a new trial or any claim for damages..." (bolding ours)
But we will not be fooled, NO REMEDY MEANS NO RIGHTS! -
This resolution is a wimpy far cry from the states' affirmative obligations to victims of violence against women set forth in international law to protect, investigate, prosecute, punish and provide redress for acts of violence against women, failure of which is actionable in international courts---WJC Admin
from the NDAA website:
Victims' Rights Amendment Information
At the meeting in Hilton Head, the Board voted unanimously to support the proposed United States Constitutional Amendment to embody Victims’ Rights into the US Constitution. At that time we urged those present to contact their congressional delegation urging them to “sign on” as co-sponsors. We believe that if we can get 100 co-sponsors it will get a vote on the House floor.
The NDAA Victims’ Committee took on the task of getting this information out to you. Short delay, but here it is.
Victims deserve this and I’m proud that NDAA is taking a strong lead in this proposal.
1. The language of the amendment.
2. The letter of support from NDAA.
3. A letter of support from NOVA.
Let me know if you have any questions,