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Organization brings awareness to Crime Victims' Rights Week

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Updated: 4/24/2013 8:41 am
SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) -- April 21-27 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week and in conjunction one local organization is launching a number of community awareness projects. 

It is a tough topic to discuss and one Jean Posey knows all too well following the murder of her son in 2001. She's a victim but also a volunteer at Survival Incorporated a non-profit that provides support for victims of violent crimes. 

"[We] cry together we laugh together and it helps when you are with somebody else that knows what you are going through and what you need," said Posey.

Survival which was founded by Carolyn Clayton whose daughter Amy was murder in 1986 offers a number of services including: a 24-hour crisis line, court advocacy, monthly support groups, and a youth program called "Kids are Survivors, Too." 

"It's hard for some people to discuss what their feelings are and we understand that but we understand what they are going through too," said Posey.

On Tuesday the organization made a number of flower pots to hand out in an effort to bring attention to National Crime Victims' Rights week as well as their organization which is available year round for victims and their family. 

"Not everybody needs to be an expert about crime victims' rights but if you just know enough to get somebody to the right position, to get somebody to the right agency, to get somebody to the right advocate it could really save somebody's life."

The number for the toll-free 24-hour crisis line is 1-888-915-7788. The organization also has two more events happening this week- a showing of the movie "Heaven's Rain" at 7pm at the Link Center and a memorial service in New Albany at "Park Along the River" at 4pm. 
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