FORT MYERS, Fla.- Crime victims attended a ceremony at Lakes Park in Fort Myers today, to honor and remember those affected by some kind of violent act.
"As a mother you plea with your son not to leave you, however, God had other plans for my son," said crime victim, Gail Peluso
Peluso relies on ceremonies like the Kate Bryson Memorial Walk to help her move forward. Her son, Jerry Rabon, a store clerk, was gunned down during his shift on August 25, 2007.
"We attend these ceremonies because we know each others pain. There's many a person that does not understand it, they don't want to understand it; people shy away from you because they don't know how to act to you," Peluso explained.
Gail says she found her voice with the help and resources given to her by the crime victims' advocates. She has learned, she has the right to be heard and the right to be informed.
"Sometimes when you are at a hearing or at a proceeding you cannot talk, you don't know what to say and your victim advocate becomes your voice and that's why they are so so important."
"They sometimes feel like they are recluse and they can't say anything because they are being re victimized all over again by the system and by society," said Crime Victim Advocate for the Fort Myers Police Department, Chevala Jones.
Peluso says that August night she was chosen for a club no one wants to be in, which is why memorials are so important.
"We hug each other, we pray for each other, we ask each other for strength and we are here for them when the next member comes though."
The goal is to inform victims of their rights, different resources and money available to them as they go through the court system and the healing process.