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30 Years of Crime Victims' Rights

Alex Crichton

Next week marks National Crime Victims' Rights week, and Monroe County and the City of Rochester officials read a joint proclamation Thursday to mark the occasion.

They also announced a Crime Victims' Walk will be held Saturday, April 12th.

It starts at 9:30 at the Crime Victims Resource Center at 244 South Plymouth Avenue, and end at Highland Park.

There, a ceremony in recognition of victims and survivors will be held at the Crime Victims' Memorial.

The theme next week is "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice."

It was in 1984 when the Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA, was passed.

Peggy Duffy is Monroe County Stop DWI Coordinator and a member of the Monroe County/City of Rochester Coalition for Crime Victims.

She says the upcoming walk symbolizes the comittment from people to raise awareness of how crime affects victims

Duffy says people need to realize that once a crime occurs, it marks the beginning of a rebuilding process from all the damage that was done from that crime.

She adds in the criminal justice system, most of the rights go the offender, not the victim.

Duffy says it's time to balance that out.