Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Crime Victims’ Symposium Rescheduled at New Venue

The Victims’ Rights Awareness Symposium, originally scheduled for April 7 at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds but postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 28, at the Sequoyah County Courthouse, 119 S. Oak St. in Sallisaw.

The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office is hosting this day of fun and education to honor victims/survivors of crimes. The event, slated from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free to the public and will include free hamburgers and hot dogs, free t-shirts, live music and activities like bounce arounds.

Sarah Ridinger, victims advocate for the sheriff’s office, said Oak street will be blocked off to allow for more space for victims’ resources and tables. “We’re kind of turning it into a street fair here at the courthouse,” Ridinger said. “What better place to have a victims’ rights event than at the courthouse? We prosecute the cases here. Law enforcement is here. We’re excited about the change in venue.”

There will be booths set up by local agencies and organizations with information about services available to victims of crimes. County law enforcement agencies and emergency vehicles will be on hand so that children can view those vehicles up close.

“Now, instead of the victims’ service booths being inside and eating inside, we’ll be outside,” Ridinger added. “We need to get a little fresh air and be outside. We think that should do well for us.”

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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