NCVIA Press Releases



Contact: Polly Franks, Executive Director
The Franks Foundation
Email Address:
Telephone: (804) 564-9196


Contact:  Gordon and Elaine Rondeau, Executive Directors
The National Coalition of Victims in Action (NCVIA)
Email Address:
Telephone:  (770) 977-3028

August 27, 2007


The ongoing saga of O.J. Simpson is like a recurring nightmare that
refuses to go away.  It’s been over 13 years since the butchered,
blood-drenched bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman
were found lying dead on the sidewalk of Ms. Simpson’s Brentwood,
California home.  Now it appears that O.J. Simpson’s book, “If I Did It,”
is indeed going to see the light of day.

Ronald Goldman had the horrible misfortune of having his life brutally
ended as he was returning a pair of sunglasses to a friend.  Nicole
Brown Simpson’s death was preceded by years of being threatened,
stalked and repeatedly beaten by her former husband.  Tragically,
she had predicted her own murder and it’s judicial aftermath by
stating, “O.J.’s going to kill me and then he’s going to get away with it.”

The Franks Foundation and the National Coalition of Victims in Action
(NCVIA) – national crime victim advocacy organizations – are calling for a
nationwide boycott of O.J. Simpson’s book.  We applaud the decision
of the bookstore chain Barnes and Noble for refusing to promote or
sell this book and we are hoping that other bookstore chains will
follow their lead.  We call on this boycott because (1) we believe that
O.J. Simpson should NOT stand to profit with additional publicity and
(2) because of the inevitable revictimization of Nicole Brown Simpson’s
children that this book is going to cause.

The Franks Foundation and the NCVIA also call for the boycott of any
company involved in this book’s publication, sale or promotion.  “There
is a word for books of the nature,” states Polly Franks, “the word is
filth and anyone associated with it should be mortally ashamed of
themselves.  We find it morally reprehensible that O.J. Simpson – or
anyone else, for that matter – should profit in any way from the cold-
blooded murder of two innocent human beings.  Let’s remember these
murders for the horrifying crimes that they were, and NOT as a form
of entertainment.”

Polly Franks, Executive Director

The Franks Foundation
P.O. Box 11407
Richmond, Virginia 23230
(804) 564-9196


Contact:  Polly Franks
The National Coalition of Victims in Action
Telephone No.: (804) 564-9196
Contact:  Maggie Elvey
Crime Victims United of California

Telephone No.: (916) 928-4797

April 16, 2007

On Tuesday, April 17, the California State Senate be voting on

Senate Bill 999 (known as SB999), a bill which proposes eliminating
the sentences of life without parole for convicted murderers who are
sentenced while they are juveniles.

“Such a measure will place an impossible burden on California crime
victims’ families,” says Maggie Elvey of the organization Crime Victims
United of California, whose husband Ross Elvey was brutally murdered
by juveniles Damion Miller and Kristopher Kirchner in 1993.

The potential consequences of SB999 are horrifying, and could even
be fatal. “This is a slap in the face to any families who are victims of
violent crimes committed by juveniles,” declares Elvey, adding “I’m calling
on Governor Schwarzenegger to see that justice is served for all victims
of violent crime.”

The National Coalition of Victims in Action joins Crime Victims United of
California in calling upon the California State Senate and Governor
Schwarzenegger to adamantly reject SB999.  We also call upon these
elected lawmakers to remember their obligation to the safety of the
citizens of California who elected them to office.

Polly Franks,
Media Director, NCVIA

Executive Director
The Franks Foundation
P.O. Box 11407
Richmond, Virginia 23230
(804) 564-9196


Contact:  Polly Franks, Media Director
The National Coalition of Victims in Action
Telephone No.:  (804) 564-9196
Email Address:

April 16, 2007

Note to Virginia Tech Officials:  Protect Our Children, Please!!

My daughter called me this morning to let me know that she was
still alive.  When I asked her what she was talking about, she told
me to turn on the television.  To my horror, I – like millions of other
Americans – saw that the Virginia Tech campus had been turned
into a war zone.  “I’m scared,” my daughter told me.  What could
I do – at a distance of over 150 miles – to comfort her?  I told her
to lock her apartment door, close her curtains and stay in her
apartment until the police said it was safe to do so.  I didn’t think
it could get any worse.  Then it did.

I learned that campus officials “assumed” that the first shooting
which occurred at 7:15 a.m. was an isolated incident.  We’ve all
heard what happens when you assume.  What happened this
time is that at least 35 people died, and some of these deaths may
have been preventable.

Why did Virginia Tech allow students to go to class  – walking
across campus – while a crazed gunman was loose on campus?
Why didn’t students receive an email notification from the school
until 9:26, a full two hours after the first shooting, with only a
suggestion to “be cautious?”  Why were the students of Virginia
Tech left to fend for themselves like ducks in a shooting gallery?

The National Coalition of Victims in Action extends its heartfelt
sympathy and full support to the faculty and students of Virginia
Tech, especially those who were killed or injured.  We also firmly
believe that the administration of Virginia Tech owes answers to
their faculty, students and parents.  Every measure needs to be
taken to ensure that this never happens again.

Polly Franks,
Media Director, NCVIA

Executive Director
The Franks Foundation
P.O. Box 11407
Richmond, Virginia 23230
(804) 564-9196