Office of the Attorney General
Victims’ Rights Day Rally Held at Capitol - Beth Holloway Twitty is featured speaker

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 27, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today hosted the 15th annual Kentucky Crime Victims’ Rights Day Rally in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. The featured speaker was Beth Holloway Twitty, mother of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway who disappeared on the last night of her senior graduation trip in Aruba in May, 2005. Ms. Twitty’s poignant story has captured international attention.

Today’s event is in conjunction with the nationally designated 26th annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 24th – 28th. The theme of this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Victims’ Rights: Strength in Unity.”

“We are honored to have Ms. Twitty here today to share her story and reach out to crime victims and their families,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “She knows firsthand the critical and uniting role played by victim services providers, criminal and juvenile justice professionals and volunteers.”

Ms. Twitty says demonstrations of unity have helped sustain and encourage her throughout the past year. She has received prayers and letters from thousands of supporters across the country –neighbors as well as governors –and from as far away as Jerusalem. The outpouring of concern kept her going during the months she lived in Aruba searching for Natalee. The unity across Ms. Twitty’s hometown community of Mountain Brook, Alabama spread nationally, as yellow bows and prayer bracelets could be seen from Florida to California.

Attorney General Stumbo has made victims’ rights a cornerstone of his administration. The Victims Advocacy Division of the Office of the Attorney General advocates for the rights of crime victims every day. Stumbo also serves as chair of the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board. The Board administers the Child Victims’ Trust Fund which grants awards to organizations that promote awareness of child sexual abuse prevention programs.

A reception followed the event on the 2nd floor of the Capitol.

Attorney General Stumbo with Beth Holloway Twitty
Attorney General Stumbo welcomed featured speaker Beth Holloway Twitty at the 15th annual Kentucky Crime Victims’ Rights Day Rally at the State Capitol.