Crime Victims Take Spotlight

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Thursday's ceremony was Thomas County's way of recognizing National Crime Victims' Awareness Week, and those in attendance got to hear one brave woman's story of struggles and triumph.

Glenda Duncan is a crime victim and a survivor.

"I just want to, you know, share it with everyone else and let them know what I've been through," she said.

Glenda was robbed at gunpoint while working as a store clerk in October 2001. Fighting nerves and choking back tears, Glenda shared her story Thursday in front of the Thomas County Courthouse.

Glenda said, "When I turned to get the money, he pulled the trigger."

And Glenda's not alone. More than 12,000 people are assaulted in the U.S. everyday.

Karen Bishop, a Thomas County victims' advocate, says, "All the victim advocates all over the United States really reach out to the victims during their time of need as they go through the court system and all, so this is just a day, a week, that we're honoring victims of crime."

And letting them know they have rights too.

Duncan's attacker is now in prison facing a term that could keep him there till 2069.

Rachelle Denmark, Thomasville police spokesperson, says, "It's a very hard thing to be a crime victim and it seems like in the court process all the attention is focused on the defendant and not the victim, but the victim's the one that truly suffered."

It’s a grim reality that survivors such as Glenda Duncan know all too well.

Duncan adds, "I'm glad to be here because what I went through, it was a lot. I thought at one time I wasn't going to make it."

But make it she has. Also at Thursday's ceremony, representatives from both Thomas County and the City of Thomasville presented proclamations honoring crime victims.