Honoring Crime Victims

By Brandi Bailey

April 7, 2014 Updated Apr 7, 2014 at 10:56 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Crime Victim's Rights Week began Monday. A wall stands at the Oakdale Mall to commemorate those who have died.

140 victims are currently on the wall. Each one has a story and a picture.

"The significance of this is very personal to me especially after a week like last week when we lost an officer. Much like with losing a police officer, you always hope that that's going to be the last one," Broome County Undersheriff Alex Minor said.

Johnson City Police Officer David Smith was gunned down by a man while responding to a disturbance call last week.

Officer Smith was one of the seven added to the Crime Victims board this year.

"While I've always taken a moment to look at the depictions of the family members and the stories on the wall, but one of the things we continue to see every year is this wall growing. This wall continues to grow," City of Binghamton Mayor (R) Rich David said.

The Crime Victims Assistance Center started providing rape crisis services for Broome County in 1978. Since then, it has broadened its work to trauma response.

The goal of the program has always stayed constant, hoping to provide comfort and the ability to cope with tragic situations.

The theme of this year's Crime Victims Rights Week is "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice."

This year marks 30 years since the 1984 signing of the federal Victim of Crime Act. This provides more avenues and assistance for innocent victims of crime, including help navigating the criminal justice system.

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