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15th vigil for crime victims slated Sunday in Saratoga

15th vigil for crime victims slated Sunday in Saratoga

The 15th annual Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Crime will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyte

The 15th annual Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Crime will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St.

The event, sponsored by the Saratoga County district attorney’s office, launches National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The national theme this year is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.”

District Attorney James A. Murphy III said major progress in including crime victims in the criminal justice system has been made over the past three decades.

“As we move forward, we are increasingly expanding our reach to previously underserved victim populations,” Murphy said, noting more attention is now focused on rape and domestic-abuse victims. “Today, we are shining a spotlight on other abuses that have long been unreported and often not prosecuted — hate and bias crimes, bullying, and sex and labor trafficking, among others.”

At the vigil, victims of violence will share their stories.

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