HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg is focusing attention on crime victims and bringing awareness to programs which help them.
Wednesday, Mayor Johnny Dupree issued proclamations recognizing Apr. 6-12 as Crime Victims' Rights Week and the entire month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Receiving the proclamations were Kim Newell, director of the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention and Dalee Kimble, Miss Leaf River Valley. Kimble is a sexual assault survivor whose platform is overcoming trauma.
"I cannot stress to you how important these times are for us, because it's the time we get to say we survived and we get to remember those that didn't," said Kimble. "It's so important to our growth and strength as human beings," she said.
"We want to stamp out every crime that we can, but when the crimes do happen, we want to make sure those who are victims will get the attention and the fairness that they deserve," said Dupree.
Kimble will compete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant in July.