The Delaware Victims’ Rights Task Force is a coalition of criminal justice and social service agencies working together to assist victims and survivors of violent crime. The DVRTF will hold its 22nd Annual Tribute to Crime Victims and Survivors Wednesday, May 1, at the Sheraton Dover Hotel in Dover. The event is part of a nationwide campaign to observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30. There will be tables with free materials to promote services offered to victims of crime.
The evening’s keynote speaker is Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America 1958. Van Derbur tells how she was sexually assaulted by her prominent, millionaire father from age 5 to 18. She was 53 years old before she was able to speak the words in public, “I am an incest survivor.” She opened the door for tens of thousands of sexual abuse survivors to also speak the words, many for the first time, within their own families and communities.
She has recently published her book, “Miss America by Day”; it will be available for sale after the Victim’s Tribute and she will be available for a book signing. Cash and checks only accepted.
The DVRTF will also hold a program with Marilyn Van Derbur at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, in the Cape Henlopen High School auditorium; doors open at 5:30. For more information email DelVRTF@gmail.com.