POMEROY — Several county officials took part in the signing of a proclamation Friday recognizing April 6-12 as National Crime Victims Rights Week.
Each year, 18.7 million Americans are directly harmed by crime each year, with crime affecting many more family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
The proclamation not only recognized Victims Rights Week, but reaffirmed Meigs County’s commitment to respect and enforce victims’ rights and address their needs during Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year.
“We express our appreciation for those victims and crime survivors who have turned personal tragedy into a motivating force to improve our response to victims of crime and build a more just community,” the proclamation stated.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Victims Rights Week ceremony will be on the third floor of the Meigs County Courthouse.
Meigs County was selected by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s Crime Victim Section to receive funds in support of the observance of National Crime Victims Rights Week being observed this week.
The mini grant is used to hold the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony. This year the national theme for the week is “30 years: restoring the balance of justice.”
Commissioner Randy Smith is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the event.
Victims to be remembered during the candle light memorial include Robert Harrison, Kenneth Rizer Sr., Doris Jackson, Joshua Starcher, Brett Pierce, Dyle Bay, Deborah Ellis, William Underwood, Todd Johnson, Tommy Parker, Winfield Hardiman, Howard Lawrence, Christopher Roush, Chase Roush, Bobbie Butcher, Jeffrey Shannon Halley, James Gardner, Keitha Whitlatch, Stephanie Ramey, Rebecca Ackerman, Stephanie English, Diana Brewer, Jeffrey Halley, and Wallace Chaffin.
In addition, a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of crime victims will be presented by Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams during the ceremony. This will be presented to a member of local law enforcement and will be announced at the event.
In addition to the traditional ceremony this year, the Crime Victim Services Office is planning a week long display to recognize each victim from the county.
The office has collected shoes which will be used as part of the event.
The shoes will be displayed along the wall in the Pomeroy parking lot along the river during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Each shoe will represent one crime victim assisted in Meigs County and will provide information about the victimization the person endured.