PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The District Attorney's office for Jackson, George and Greene Counties held a ceremony to build hope for healing for victims of crimes.
A ceremony at Church on the Rock in Pascagoula Monday night honored all victims and their families. It is part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
"We want victims to know that just because we only have this once a year we still remember their pain the day they were told their family member was killed," said District Attorney Tony Lawrence.
Every year, the event highlights the importance of early intervention and victim services. Those who attended remembered lives lost to crimes with the lighting of candles.
This year, one woman was honored for the courage she showed when standing up to her attacker.
"I still can't believe it," said Dawn Franklin, who was given the Courage Award. "It all just happened so fast, you know. Like I said, it was a really personal thing that I tried to, you know, put behind me and move on. But like I said, if by sharing my story helps another victim you know because I don't look at it like I'm a victim anymore, I'm a survivor."
The DA's office says it has helped resolve more than 100 homicides in the last 12 years.