Crime Victim's Rights Week

All over the country it's national crime victims rights week. At a rally held at Shreveport's Riverview Park, lawmakers and law enforcement officers gathered to bring awareness. Victims of crimes were also there, wanting people to know that there loved ones will not be forgotten.

Cora Savannah's husband, Eddie, was stabbed back in 2005. "Everyday I'm thinking about what me and my husband could have been doing, my sons we're still going through this."

For Shannon Mitchell the wounds are still raw her teenaged daughter Latora 'Tiki' Wiley was shot and killed last November 27th. "My family has been turned upside down every minute of my life I think of Tiki. I dream about her daily."

There is help available for crime victims through a number of different services. Without counseling, legal and financial help, these victims say they would not be where they are today.

Savannah says, "when you're going though and you know somebody else is there with you, you can go through it better."

Mitchell adds, "My daughter did exist. She was a gentle loving spirit, kind, and the persons responsible need not to exist outside prison walls."

If you have been a victim of a crime you to are eligible to receive help. Millions of dollars have already been distributed through the Caddo Sheriffs department.

If you have been a victim of a crime, any crime, in Caddo parish you can call 318-681-0870 to see if you are eligible for assistance.

In Bossier parish, the number to call is 318-965-3500.