The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office commemorated National Victims of Crime Rights Week Tuesday night with its 21st annual Victims Rights Rally and One Mile Walk.
The rally began at the historic courthouse and ended with a mile-long walk around town.
This year’s theme is “Rights, Access, Equity, For All Victims” and to help crime survivors find justice, according to a news release. The event raises awareness of the rights of victims of crime and provides victims with information on resources and services available to them.
Speakers included Cumberland County District Attorney Sean McCormack, Commissioner Jean Foschi, crime survivor Erika Murray-Shambaugh and domestic violence survivor Kristal Markel. and closing remarks by Sarah Junkins, Victim Services Division, delivered closing remarks.
Several prizes were awarded, including the following:
- The Cumberland County ML Skip Ebert, Jr. Legacy Award was presented to former District Attorney Skip Ebert by current District Attorney Sean McCormack.
- The Cumberland County Victim Advocacy Award for Law Enforcement was presented to Private Alexander Kydd, by Courtney Hair LaRue, First ADA, Lauren Perchinski Senior ADA and Adrianne Vaughn, Victim Services Division.
- The Volunteer Recognition Award, YWCA Sexual Assault Rape Crisis Services Volunteer Award was presented to Helena Cicero, by Lily Duarte Evans, Program Director.
- Volunteer Recognition, Cumberland and Perry Counties Domestic Violence Services was presented to Jean Smith by Sonya Browne, Executive Director.
The Cumberland County Victim Services Division of the District Attorney’s Office was established to assist victims and witnesses of crime when they come into contact with the criminal justice system, according to the release. The office strives to help victims recover from the physical, emotional and financial impact of crime. The objective of the office is to ensure that the rights of victims are respected and that all concerns and needs are taken into account.