National Crime Victims' Rights Week
April 10-16, 2016
National Crime Victims' Rights Week has been an annual event since Ronald Reagan declared the first one in 1981. It always occurs in April along with National Child Abuse Awareness. The goal of this year's event is community awareness. Even though we are a rural community, Wayne County has many resources and services for victims of crime. The District Attorney's Office wants to highlight them during this year's event as well as remember and honor crime survivors. The week will begin with a Proclamation being read on Monday, April 11, 2016. A coloring contest is being held for grades 2-4 at all Wayne County Elementary Schools.
On Saturday April 16, 2016 at 3 p.m., a 5k walk/run will begin the day's activities. Registration will begin at 1:00 P.M. and the cost is $5.00. Awards will be giving for the most participants per business/organization and best group costume theme.
Following the 5k walk/run, a free Informational Fair/Kid's Expo will be held at Waynesboro City Park. Several local organizations will be present to provide information about their services and resources in a fun environment. Some other activities at the event include carnival games, bouncy house, a tug-o-war contest between local law enforcement, and local entertainment. The youth band, Craig's Mom's Car, will be playing from 4:30-6:30 on the Hwy 64 stage. If you get hungry, various local clubs will have food, snacks, and drinks available for purchase. The winner of the coloring contest will be announced. There will be a victim's vigil with a balloon release.
Crime victims and survivors need services and deserve trust and hope in our criminal justice system. Join the Wayne County District Attorney's Office in building trust and restoring hope for crime victims' one step at a time, as we celebrate National Crime Victim's Rights Week. This is a time when crime survivors and those who help those survivors join together to build trust and restore hope for crime victims and communities. Victims of crime in Wayne County have rights under law, and services to help them cope in the aftermath of crime. Please join us on April 16 at the Information Fair/Kid's Expo to learn about victims' rights and services, and how YOU can help us to help victims of crime in Wayne County.
For more information see our Facebook page at One Step at a time: building trust, restoring hope. If you are interested in participating in this event (informational, food/beverage or entertainment), please contact the District Attorney's Office at 931-722-7779.
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