SAMPLE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
:30 seconds: Nobody expects to be a victim of crime. Nobody can prepare for the shock and devastation that follow a criminal act. Yet last year in America, almost 44 million people living in our nation were touched by crime, with 11 million victimized by violence. It's important that everyone in our community be aware of the many rights and services available to help people who have been victimized. We hope you never need to utilize victims' services in (city/county/state). But if you know someone who has been victimized, or if you ever need our assistance, we're here to help. April 21 to 27 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time to commemorate the tremendous strides made in our nation by crime victims and their supporters. You can help us observe this special week by volunteering to help victims; by referring victims you know for service and assistance; and by being a source of personal support for victims of crime. Get involved! Call (area code/telephone number) for more information.
:30 seconds: Did you know that only one-third of all crimes committed in the U.S. are reported to police? This means that for 65 percent of crimes, there is no possibility that criminals will be apprehended, will be arrested, and will be held accountable for their actions! Even worse, it means that most crime victims will never receive the assistance they so desperately need. Reporting crime helps to ensure that victims receive important information about their rights and the services available to them. This is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. For information about victims' rights and services here in (city/county/state), please call (area code/telephone number).
:15 seconds: As each new day dawns, over (*victims) will be (* type of crime) in America. And as each new day dawns, the need for crime victims' rights and services becomes stronger than ever. It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week. If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, remember that victims have rights here in (state). For information about victims' rights and victim services, please call (area code/telephone number).
*64 people will be murdered in America (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 1995).
*1871 women will be raped in America ("Rape in America: A Report to the Nation", 1992).
*1696 people will be robbed in America (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 1995).
*3068 people will be victims of aggravated assault in America (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 1995).
*At least 5,479 women will be victims of domestic violence in America. (American Medical Assn.).
*33,150 people will be victims of property crime in America. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 1995).
:15 seconds: The American dream must begin with the American family. But each year in America, more than two million cases of child abuse and neglect are reported. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and April 21 to 27 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. It's time to stop the cycle of violence. Call (city/state number) for information about how you can help prevent child abuse and neglect.
:10 seconds: Our community cares about our neighbors who are victims of crime. This is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Call (area code/telephone) to volunteer for victims, or for information about victims' rights and services and how you can get involved.
:10 seconds: Our community cares about making our homes, our schools, and our neighborhoods safe. This is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. You can help make our community safe, and help your friends and neighbors who have been touched by crime. Please call (area code/telephone number) for information about crime prevention and victim assistance.
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