The Kick Off To "Crime Victims' Right's Week" Starts With A Special Visitor

It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Those who work in victim services came together in an annual conference to preserve and continue protecting those rights.

Keynote Speaker, Detective Thad Todd of the New York Police Department offered inspiration to all victims by way of his memories from September 11th. Detective Todd worked Ground Zero the day of and months following the tragedy. He came to share with East Texas law enforcement, counselors and prosecutors his experiences as a police officer and a victim of terrorism, "We felt hopeless." He says from the endless days of recovery. "But we knew there were people relying on us."

Several hundred counselors, law enforcement officers and prosecutors attended. They are the faces that encounter victims of crime before anyone else. While some provide countless hours of help and many have unseen tears...Thad offers hope and inspiration to their work through his own tales of healing, "On the third night I broke down and just cried for an hour, " He tells. "You know it was needed, I'll admit it..there's no shame in that."

Also on hand, was Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff who spoke about legislation and victims' rights.