Viewpoint: Standing up for Victims

This is National Victim's Rights week, a time when we pause to remember all the victims of violent crimes.

While we report about crime on the news every evening, we are rarely able to provide more than a glimpse into the effects of all those crimes.

Observances this week will do just that. Victims of all kinds of crimes will come together, bound by a common link.

Throughout this week, there are ceremonies, bell tolls and other gatherings to show our support for them.

Tomorrow, church bells will toll in their honor. Tomorrow night, a candlelight vigil will be held at the courthouse.

These events will empower the victims of violent crimes.

It gives them a voice and a support network, as they try to deal with what they've experienced.

We applaud the people who've made these events happen, and we encourage all of you to participate in support of the people whose lives have been forever changed by crime.