National Crime Victims' Rights Week Recognized in Valdosta

By: Joe Hellriegel Email
By: Joe Hellriegel Email

"You need that support to make it through because no one can make it through alone," said Johnny Lamb.

Lamb and other families spoke out at the National Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremony in Valdosta, thanking the district attorney, law enforcement and others who remember victims of crimes. Lamb's wife was killed in 2011 from a head-on collision while driving.

"It brings a warmth and heart-felt feeling to know what other victims are going through," said Lamb.

James Jackson, the keynote speaker of the event, traveled from Atlanta to share his thoughts on the week. His daughter was murdered by an ex-boyfriend while attending Valdosta State University.

"It never gets easy coming back here because essentially your coming back to where the crime took place. But it means a lot, it means the world to us, my wife, our daughters, that someone took the time out to show appreciation that they care," said Jackson.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week was created 30 years ago to remember the victims and help the families seek justice. The ceremony this year was hosted by the District Attorney's office.

"The criminal justice system historically is focused on the rights of the defendants and that's entirely appropriate, the defendants should be afforded all of their constitutional statutory rights," said District Attorney David Miller. "However, it's important for victims to have rights too, to balance the scales of justice."

Every year National Crime Victims' Rights Week is celebrated in April.

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