This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office hopes to bring attention to this subject through raising awareness on the matter.
Every year, millions of Americans are affected by crimes.
This national event is all through the Office of Justice Programs and brought locally by different law enforcement agencies.
This year the theme is expanding the circle and reaching all victims.
This emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services and addresses how every crime victim can receive help and support.
On top of that, this week is to show how professionals, organizations, and communities can work together to reach all the victims in their area.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office says most people have an idea of what their rights are, but don’t know the full extent.
“It’s awareness and making it known what those rights are and what you can do,” said Sharon Singleton, Victim Advocate for the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.
“And what your part will be in the criminal justice system if you are a victim of a crime.”
The Sheriff’s Office says they hope more people will fully understand their rights if they unfortunately are a victim.
By doing this, they say it can help lead to more arrests and solving cases.