Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Victims’ Rights Week Activities Scheduled for Saturday

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be celebrated at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds in Sallisaw on Saturday, said victims’ advocates with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office.

Cindy Smith, investigator with the sheriff’s office, said activities will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the public is invited.

Smith explained the office received a $4,830 grant for the event.

“We want to have one big event so all the communities can come together,” Smith said.

Smith said speakers will talk about victims’ rights, and free hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. She said Sheriff Larry Lane will be doing the cooking.

The event will also include information about victims’ resources and free T-shirts and music for the adults. Children will enjoy a bounce house and will be able to engage with medical workers, a medivac helicopter and the Sequoyah County Mounted Search and Rescue Team with their horses.

“We will have all kinds of things going on,” Smith said.

The event is totally free, and is sponsored by National Bank of Sallisaw and Firstar Bank.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 8 through 14.

Also in conjunction with victims’ rights week, Smith said, a Glow Stick Lighting and Walk will be held at 7 p.m. April 9 at the gazebo on the lawn at the Sequoyah County Courthouse in Sallisaw.

The event is to honor victims and survivors of sexual violence. Smith said the color of the event is teal.

Glow sticks will be provided, and those attending will hear survivors’ stories, and how they cope.

The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office received funding for the event from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office of Victims of Crime.

"The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims," said Sheriff Larry Lane. "Members of our community are encouraged to promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs on a daily basis."

For more information call 918-775-1213.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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