The 4th Annual Walk of Hope, held in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, is meant to honor and empower victims of crime and to educate them of their rights as crime victims in the State of Texas.
“The program starts at 12 p.m. with the Honor Guard Posting the Colors, Judge Superville will read the proclamation declaring the event and the week, Jill Drake is our scheduled speaker and then the walk will start,” said Jane Adams from The Lamar County District Attorney’s office.
Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is celebrated every year in April. This week is dedicated to learn about victimization, the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends and the community, and to promote laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime.
This year’s theme, Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims, emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services and addresses how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support, and how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.
“It’s a way for us to get out their in the community and help the community out,” said Paris PD officer Curtis Graham, “This is just another way to let them know if they think there is no one there to help them that we are here to help.”
There will be a FREE hot dog lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with drinks and cookies.
“We’ll be walking around in a silent march with signs and people can make signs, bring signs and we’ll have signs there for them also,” said Adams
For more information, contact Jane Adams at the Lamar County District Attorney’s office at 903-737-2458
VIDEO SOURCE: http://victimsupportservices.org/events/national-crime-victims-rights-week/