Victims of crime spoke out Sunday about their stories of survival, loss, and healing.
Local crime victims were honored at the Crime Victims' Rights ceremony at Centennial Park.
The event was hosted by Voices of Victims of Nashville.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Davidson County District Attorney General Torry Johnson were among those speaking at the ceremony.
Local survivors shared their testimony about the challenges they faced as a crime victim and of the ways they have been able to cope afterward.
Mary Jones, a survivor of domestic violence, said too many victims suffer in silence.
“When I realized I was the victim of domestic violence, I did not like the way it was,” Jones said. “I hated that other people were going through what I had gone through. And at that moment I decided I would not be quiet about it.”
Retired Metro Police Sgt. Pat Postiglione was recognized for his tireless work investigating homicides and his compassion for victims and their families.
“When you're working these homicides, you can't help but become involved with the victims, their families and their loved ones,” Postiglione said.
Victims who attended the event also got the chance to meet with various agencies that had information booths set up.