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Mount Union to Host Victims’ Rights Week Speaker

April 13, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — In observation of National Victims’ Rights Week, The University of Mount Union will host speaker Becky Waltz, a domestic violence survivor, at noon on Thursday, April 26 in the East Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center.

National Victims’ Rights Week has been observed since 1981 by the National Office for Victims of Crime. The event promotes victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s event will take place April 22-28 with the theme, “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim.”

Waltz was a victim of domestic violence in 2004 after she was attacked with nitric acid by her ex-husband during a divorce argument. Following the attack, Waltz was airlifted to Akron Children’s Hospital with burns over about 50 percent of her body. A year after her attack, she told her story in a six-day series in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Today, Waltz works at a treatment facility in the Akron area, working with those who are dealing with recovery from drugs and alcohol. She is remarried and has three grown children and five grandchildren.

National Victims’ Rights Week events are sponsored by the Stark County committee which includes Alliance for Children and Families, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Alliance Area Rape Crisis, University of Mount Union, Stark County Prosecutor’s Office, Community Legal Aid Services, Stark County Red Cross Rape Crisis, Canton Domestic Violence Project, Child and Adolescence, Children’s Network of Stark County, Child and Adolescent and the Stark County Department of Jobs and Family Services ­– Child Protective Services Division.

The event is being hosted by the University of Mount Union’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.

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