From: Platte County Prosecuting Attorney "Eric Zahnd"

Date: April 20, 2015

Subject: Public invited to victims' rights breakfast

The public is invited to attend the tenth 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 24, 2015 at the Platte City United Methodist Church.

The breakfast is part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is April 19th-25th. This year’s theme is “Engaging Communities: Empowering Victims.”

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, “People who have survived being victimized by crime deserve our support. This breakfast is simple way to empower victims and thank those who work to hold offenders responsible for their crimes.”

The speaker for the breakfast this year will be NaToyia Wilson. Wilson is a crime victim who was a vocal proponent of Constitutional Amendment 2, which allows evidence prior sex crimes to be admitted in child sex abuse trials. Amendment 2 was enacted after garnering support from about 80% of Missouri voters in November 2014.

The breakfast will also feature the presentation of the Tenth Annual Sara Andrasek Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual or entity that has provided particularly outstanding service to crime victims.

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 when Dumond died while in custody.

The breakfast will once again be held at the Platte City United Methodist Church located at 14040 Highway N, Platte City, Missouri.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact the victim advocate in the prosecuting attorney’s office, Tanya Faherty, at (816) 858-3476.

Eric G. Zahnd
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney
415 Third Street, Suite 60
Platte City, Missouri64079
(816) 858-3476
(816) 858-3472 (fax)