Crime Victims’ Awareness Walk in Hagerstown

Maryland
The Hagerstown Police Department held its annual Crime Victims’ Awareness Walk, that included different colored balloons to represent different types of crime.
 
People from around the area gathered at the Hagerstown Police Department Friday morning and walked to City Square. There were signs, costumes, and colored balloons to represent different types of crime.
 
Victims’ of these crimes walked to promote awareness for domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, and more. “It’s me walking for my grandparents, they were murdered 25 years ago on Valentine’s Day, this is my way of doing something for them when we couldn’t do anything for them that night,” Julie Gehr said, who walked for homicide awareness.
 
“For child abuse awareness and I lost my grandson Justice in 2007 to child abuse, today we walk for him,” Dee Myers said, who walked for child abuse awareness.
 
During the walk, people held up signs and cheered to let other victims know they were supported. Event coordinators say this is a time for healing and expression.
 
“This event honors victims by having a balloon walk, all of our victims and families were asking us to do it again last year and we weren’t prepared, these people feel they have made some accomplishments and they’re expressing their rights,”Jill Ritter said, the Director of the victim witness unit at states attorneys office.
 
This event was part of National Crimes Awareness Victims’ week. 

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