Victims' Rights Week kicks off

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY -- Several events are lined up in recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week this week.

With the theme "Crime Victims' Rights: Fairness, Dignity and Respect," the 2010 crime victims' week will recall the ideals that inspired the decades-long struggle of the victims' rights movement and challenge all Americans to honor victims' rights.

Tonya Abner-Hall, director of the Victim Witness Assistance Office of the Dougherty District Attorney's office, said the events will help bring awareness to the plight of crime victims in the area.

"It's a chance to let victims of crime know that there are people who know the struggle doesn't just stop when the suspect is arrested," she said.

In honor of Dougherty County Victims' Rights Week, a proclamation will be signed by Mayor Willie Adams.

On Tuesday, the Dougherty County Victims' Rights Week Committee invites the public to take a moment of silence to remember victims of crime and surviving family members at noon.

Abner said Wednesday will bring the "Strike Out Crime" bowling tournament from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

On Thursday, a candlelight vigil for the victims of crime is planned for 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater.

The week's events will culminate in a community awareness program, to be hosted at the Government Center on Pine Avenue from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. The public will be able to get more information about programs, resources and services available to crime victims throughout the community.

Abner said throughout the week the community can participate in the blue jean drive hosted by the district attorney's office.

"Each pair of blue jeans collected by the blue jean drive will be donated to a local battered women's shelter," she said.

Citizens can donate blue jeans by dropping them off at the district attorney's office on Pine Avenue or at other participating agencies.