It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week and the people of the Shenandoah Valley observed the event with words, awards and a vigil.
Many gathered on the steps of an Augusta County courthouse Thursday night to recognize victims' rights and those who help them. The Valley Children's Center gave awards of appreciation to four individuals for their efforts ranging from fundraising to fighting for justice for the victims.
“There's a tendency to think of victims of crime as others, people that something unfortunate happened to. But I'm here to tell you it could be you and it could be your family,” said Staunton Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin.
Waynesboro Police Chief Mike Wilhelm said, "Let us make sure that victims' rights are not only observed annually, but practiced daily."
The event also recognized April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
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