It is that time of year again to observe National Crime Victim’s Rights Week.
This year, NCVRW will be observed April 6-12. Throughout this week, Preble County crime victims and survivors, and those who serve them, will join the nationwide effort to promote victim’s rights and services.
The Preble County Victim Witness Program is hosting a variety of events. On Sunday, April 6, the Victim Witness Program will be hosting the program’s sixth annual 5k run/walk.
The 5k was developed in order to bring people together to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and the community to fight for crime victim’s rights. Survivors are encouraged to participate in honor of a loved one and are invited to wear t-shirts, buttons, etc. to express who they are walking/running for.
Registration and pick-up will be held from noon to 1 p.m., and the race begins at 1:15 p.m. A mini 1k run/walk will also be hosted April 6 at 11 a.m. (registration is at 10:30 a.m.) for kids. All benefits of the mini run/walk will benefit the Preble County Kids and Cops program.
A very significant part of Victim’s Rights Week is to remember those who are no longer with us. On Tuesday April 8, at 7 p.m., the Victim Witness Program and the Preble County Prosecuting Attorney’s office are hosting their annual Victim’s Rights Candlelight Ceremony. The ceremony will be on the second floor of the Preble County Courthouse. Each victim’s name that has lost their life due to crime will be announced during the ceremony. As the person’s name is called, family members or loved ones of the person are encouraged to stand on their behalf. Officials strongly encourage survivors to attend the ceremony and acknowledge their loved ones.
During NCVRW Victim Witness will also have on display on the first floor of the Preble County Courthouse the Clothesline Project. The project is being displayed by the local Domestic Violence shelter.