National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Victims of crime and first responders were the guests of honor at a candlelight ceremony in Gulfport earlier today.
In addition to lighting candles, awards were given out to local law enforcement and community volunteers for the critical roles they play in helping victims of crime throughout the entire process. This year’s theme was “Serving victims. Building trust. Restoring hope.”
Early intervention is key to helping victims recover quickly and the entire community can play a role. Speaker at the event Autumn Bolden-Smith said, “I just want to continue to do this so I can spread the words for girls my age and girls who are going through the same thing. I just want to continue to just touch people and touch people’s heart so they can do the same thing that I’m doing.”
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an opportunity to encourage both victims and witnesses to come forward for the safety of our community and for future generations.