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Victims Rights Walk Planned For Friday At South Fentress

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Victims Rights Walk Planned For Friday At South Fentress

A walk to raise awareness for the victims of crime set for South Fentress Park Friday morning.

Eighth District Attorney Jared Effler said this third annual event began as an idea among his staff to raise awareness during National Crime Victims Week. Now, each county in Effler’s district holds its own walk where victims and families speak out.

“In Claiborne County, we had a family to speak who had lost their loved one to homicide,” Effler said. “And that family, they have turned their tragedy into a purpose, and they have continued to fight and advocate for improving victims’ rights. And I think that’s what it’s about is to give victims and their families a voice to hopefully turn tragedy into a blessing in many situations.”

Effler said Tennessee has a Crime Victim’s Bill Of Rights, but few residents know about it.

“If you or your loved ones are ever the victim of a crime, you have certain rights,” Effler said. “The right to confer with prosecution, the right to a speedy trial, the right to restitution, just to name a few. And those are important rights that my office that we always strive to enforce.”

The event begins at 9am Friday morning at South Fentress Park in Clarkrange. Effler called it a short walk following words from local dignitaries. Several residents who have been impacted by crimes will also be given the chance to share their stories.

“Victims are using this as a source of empowerment for them,” Effler said.

National Crime Victims Week began under President Ronald Reagan.


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