MARIETTA — When Solicitor General Barry Morgan was a boy, his next door neighbors engaged in a fight that left him traumatized to this day. One had a butcher knife and the other a hammer. Morgan said the memory of that fight in August 1966 is triggered every time he smells cut grass, since the yard had just been mown before the fight took place. The experience solidified his believe that crime can be equally traumatizing to both primary and secondary victims.
Morgan spoke to a group of about 30 at a kick-off rally for the Cobb District Attorney’s annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on Monday at Glover Park, speaking on the issues of child abuse, sexual assault and victim rights.
“I can tell you that every time I smell cut grass, I’m taken back to that time in 1966,” Morgan said. “The impact of a crime on those victims and on me as a young child will last for a lifetime. We as community need to come together and give our victims the resources to empower themselves so they could move forward with their lives.”
Experts estimate that in any given year in Cobb, 30 people are murdered, 1,700 people are assaulted and 800 people are robbed, according to Kim McCoy, director of the Victim Witness Unit at the Cobb District Attorney’s Office.
McCoy said in any given year, more than 20,000 people will have suffered property damage, almost 5,000 homes will be burglarized and about 14,000 thefts will occur.