Jul 09 2011

Justice For All: How Richland County Supports Victims of Crime

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Tuesday, July 19, 2010 6:00 – 8:00 PM

From winning the first annual Vista Queen pageant in the 90s to training in 2010 at the Iraqi Police College, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has set a standard for community involvement that is matched by few elected officials in the Midlands.  Sheriff Lott is passionate about serving crime victims and has often been in the forefront of addressing needs that others did not recognize, for example, forming a department LGBT task force in 2004 and in 2006 designating a special contact for Pagan and other religious minority victims’ concerns.

Sheriff Lott will be joined by another bright light in our community, Veronica Kunz, Executive Director of the S.C. Victim Assistance Network.  Kunz has tenaciously fought for assistance and support for victims of crime, their families and those who serve them, for more than a decade.  SCVAN advocates on behalf of victims of crime, establishes a communication network, enhances public awareness, facilitates research and evaluation, serves as technical support, facilitates quality training, coordinates policy development, and administers six grant-funded programs providing direct services to crime victims. Ms. Kunz serves as Vice-Chair of the SC Victim Services Coordinating Council, USC’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Advisory Board, SC Criminal Justice Legislative Coalition, and has served as an instructor for SC State Victim Assistance Academy and the Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, and many others.  A survivor of family and sexual violence, Veronica is a passionate advocate for the rights of crime victims.




Bring your questions, ideas and suggestions for Sheriff Lott and Ms. Kunz, and bring your support for what may be the first time an elected official has attended a Pagan event!


Open facilitated discussion group at Mayflower Bistro,  1420 Colonial Life Boulevard, Columbia (near Dutch Square Mall) , 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Questions, 803-422-4565.  www.paganroundtable.org


Location: Mayflower Bistro (the recently renamed Queenstown Bistro), 1420 Colonial Life Boulevard (right by Dutch Square Mall, next to Melting Pot, across from one of the old Sounds Familiar stores which is now closed) plenty of parking.  All are welcome.  Questions, 803-798-8007, or sekhmet@osireion.com, or visit the Columbia (and the Surrounding Areas) Meetup atwww.meetup.com


Bring a friend, and come prepared for a great discussion, keeping in mind the following group agreements:

  • We’ll announce the topic and/or guest for the evening at 6:30. We recommend that you order your food as soon as possible since we start discussion at 6:30.
  • The facilitator will introduce the topic for the night with a question. After this introduction, all are invited to participate by sharing comments and/or questions of your own.
  • Please limit your comments to no more than two minutes. A facilitator will call on people, if needed, e.g., if many try to speak at once or we have a very large crowd.
  • No personally-affrontive comments are tolerated. Open disrespect of others, or of other religions, will earn you an escort out of the room for the rest of the evening.
  • If you are not Pagan, thank you for coming, and you are very welcome to participate, but you may not evangelize or proselytize, or you will be asked to leave.
  • At 7:45 PM, the facilitator will begin to draw the discussion to a close. If necessary, the facilitator will say how many more people have time for a comment, or point to the one, two or three people who may speak in the remaining time.


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