Originally created 04/23/98

Marks Crime Victims Rights Week

National Crime Victims Rights week is being observed through April 25. During this time, organizations that assist victims of violent crime in Augusta have joined together to promote greater public awareness about the rights and needs of crime victims.

The theme of this year's observance is "Victims Right's Right for America."

Remember too, that Blacks Against Black Crimes are an advocate for all victims of all crimes, regardless of race, gender, socio-economic status or religious influences. The thrust of our focus is victims of black on black homicide, because historically the judicial system has not been sensitive to black crime victims.

Since 1991 Blacks Against Black Crimes has assisted victims in our area. Among the many services offered by the group are counseling, education, and financial assistance for burial and referral to other agencies.

Last year in Augusta there were 28 homicides. Crime is no longer "someone else's" problem because tomorrow that "someone else" might be someone you know or love.

Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

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