Jefferson County, Co. – On Saturday, April 16, victim advocates will host the 18th annual Courage Walk for victims’ rights at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Building. The walk, which coincides with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, is free and open to anyone in the community. The purpose of the walk is to honor the strength and courage of crime victims, and to honor those who lost loved ones to violence.
Victim advocates from the 1st Judicial District will join to host the event. This year’s Courage Walk will feature the Clothesline Project, a colorful display of T-shirts hand-decorated by crime victims, as a way for them to express their feelings about crime and its aftermath. Sheriff Ted Mink will kick off the event with brief remarks.
The courage walk begins at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Building in Golden and winds around the county government campus, ending at the Courage Garden south of the building. At the conclusion of the walk, Phil and Staci Clark, founders of the Toni Connection, will speak and doves will be released in honor of crime victims.
Registration begins at 10 a.m., accompanied by a free continental breakfast. The walk begins at 11 a.m. The one-mile walk is wheelchair accessible and dogs on leashes are welcome.
A suggested donation of $10 is encouraged but not required for participation in this event. Donations will be used to maintain the Courage Garden, train victim advocate volunteers and provide for the needs of crime victims.
For more information or to donate, please visit the Sheriff’s Office Web site at www.jeffcosheriff.com or contact Andi Martin in Victim Services at 303-271-5570.