From the Platte County Prosecutor:
The public is invited to attend the seventh annual Victims’ Rights Breakfast hosted by the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The free breakfast will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27 at the First Baptist Church of Platte City.
The free breakfast is part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is April 22-28. This year’s event will celebrate 20 years of advancing victims’ rights in Missouri, as the state’s constitutional amendment recognizing crime victims’ rights passed in 1992.
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, “We have come a long way over the past two decades in protecting the rights of crime victims. The United States Constitution has recognized the rights of criminal defendants for more than two centuries, and it was high time that we acknowledged that crime victims have important rights, too.”
Amy (Hestir) Surdin, who was abused by her junior high school teacher, will speak at the breakfast. Surdin inspired the passage of the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. That law increased civil liability for school districts who fail to report substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct to a subsequent employing district and increased the statute of limitations for prosecution of child sexual abuse.
The breakfast will also feature the presentation of the Seventh Annual Sara Andrasek Memorial Award, which recognizes someone who provided particularly outstanding service to crime victims.
Previous recipients of the award include the team that investigated Andrasek’s murder, a detective who investigated a large burglary ring, a family who adopted a girl who had suffered sexual abuse, a vehicle accident reconstruction expert, a pair of 911 call takers, and a highway trooper who worked a fatality crash.
Andrasek was pregnant with her first child when she was raped and murdered. Zahnd’s office and the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department were in the final stages of preparing a death penalty case against Wayne Dumond for that murder when Dumond died while in custody.
The First Baptist Church of Platte City is located at the intersection of Second and Ferrel Streets.