Preliminary Figures for 2001 Show 2% Increase in Index Crimes
(June 24, 2002)
Summary: The Federal Bureau
of Investigation announced that preliminary 2001 data indicate
a 2.0-percent increase in the Nation's Crime Index from the
2000 figure. The Crime Index, which is measured by the FBI's
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, is composed of murder,
forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft,
and motor vehicle theft. The events of September 11, 2001
are included in the crime figures, but they are not included
in the calculation of percentage increases from 2000 crime
statistics. Final figures for 2001 will be available this
fall. The preliminary report and additional statistical information
can be found at the link above.
for Victims of Crime, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri is honored
with National Crime Victim Service Award (April 16, 2002)
award is the highest nationally recognized award for victim
advocacy. "We were all horrified by the terrorist attacks
of September 11th and deeply moved by the efforts of those
who reached out to the victims," said Attorney General
Ashcroft. "Today we pay tribute to those heroic men and
women and to the thousands of advocates who labor on behalf
of crime victims every day."
announces support for bi-partisan Victims' Rights Amendment
(April 16, 2002)
Victims' Rights Amendment introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein
(D-CA) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is receiving widespread support
from politicians and interested organizations alike. The Amendment
would grant victims of violent crimes rights equal to but
separate from the rights of those accused of crimes. The organizations
endorsing the Amendment and the full text of the proposed
Amendment can be found at the link above.
Victim can sue rapist
who won lottery millions
LONDON, England (AP) -- A British woman assaulted by a serial
rapist has won the right to sue the attacker who became a
millionaire by winning the lottery while in prison.
A judge ruled Tuesday that the 78-year-old victim, known only
as Mrs. A, can seek punitive damages from Iorworth Hoare for
an attempted rape in 1989.
Hoare won £7 million -- about
$12.8 million at the time -- when he bought a winning lottery
ticket in 2004 while spending a few hours outside prison under
supervision. He received his money when he was released in
2005, after serving 16 years of a life sentence for attacking
Mrs. A. He had six previous convictions for sexual assaults
Mrs. A sought to sue Hoare when she
learned about his winnings. But she was initially told the
time limit for compensation claims had run out, with such
claims allowed only up to six years after a crime.
On Tuesday, Judge Peter Coulson ruled
she could pursue the lawsuit, saying he accepted that Mrs.
A did not sue Hoare immediately after the attack because the
convict did not have funds that would make a financial claim
Coulson stressed that the case was
exceptional and should not lead to many people trying to sue
long after the statute of limitation runs out.
"It will be even rarer for such
a defendant, years later, to buy a lottery ticket which wins
him 7 million pounds or otherwise comes into an unexpected
fortune which makes him suddenly worth pursuing after all,"
the judge said.
In a statement that formed part of
the court ruling, Mrs. A said: "I very strongly believe
he should be held accountable to me for his attack on me and
the physiological damage the attack caused me over the years.
The attack fundamentally changed me and I am not the person
I used to be."