Hundreds march to honor victims in Kern County
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Hundreds marched Tuesday in solidarity during the fourth annual Crime Victims' Rights March. The event took place in downtown Bakersfield with survivors and supporters to raise awareness for victims of all crimes.
District Attorney Lisa Green said the event, held by the Kern County District Attorneys Office, is a reminder of why she works to defend such victims.
"I think a lot of the criminal justice system is focused on the accused, but sometimes victims' rights get lost in all of that, and I think victims feel like they're overlooked or ignored," Green said. "So this is just an event where people can come together with other people who have suffered similar losses."
Participants marched from the Liberty Bell in front of Kern County Superior Court to Mill Creek Park, where they held a candlelight vigil.
This year's theme was "Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope."