Helping crime victims ‘restore hope’
Delaware County Council and District Attorney
In Delaware County, the District Attorney’s office, with support from County Council, has always made it a priority to raise awareness about the plight of victims of crime and witnesses on behalf of such victims. Our officials and many of our residents through various private organizations have been in the forefront of providing programs and services to aid victims of crime.
To further raise awareness, each April Council declares Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year the week is observed April 10-16 and the 2016 theme is “Serving Victims, Building Trust and Restoring Hope.”
Throughout the year, service to victims is provided through the Victim-Witness Assistance Unit of the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, Children & Youth Services, the Office of Court Services and the Victim Services Unit of Juvenile Court and through organizations such as the Domestic Abuse Project, the Family Support Line, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Parents of Murdered Children, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole and Women Against Rape. This year these organizations and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan will once again sponsor programs to draw attention to the plight of victims and of the services and assistance available to them.
After County Council recognized the many agencies who assist crime victims and witnesses, an awards ceremony was held at noon April 13 in the County Council Public Meeting Room in the Government Center by the Victims Services Committee.
At the ceremony, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey was recognized for his efforts to ensure the disbursement of federal funds to victims of crime. Det. Raymond Blohm of the Upper Darby Township Police Department was recognized for his diligence and unwavering commitment that led to the incarceration for three dangerous criminals who brutality victimized a 22-year old mother on Christmas Day 2012.
Blohm was honored for his efforts which led to incarceration for Brehon Rawlings, Kevin Jones and Kewon Matthews. On Dec. 25, 2012, the three defendants abducted, robbed, held captive and repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted a young woman after finding her sitting alone in her parked car waiting for her boyfriend.
Although a long list of detectives and officers contributed to the success of this prosecution, the lead detective, Raymond Blohm, worked countless hours and followed up on numerous evidentiary leads to ensure that the perpetrators of these horrific crimes would be held accountable.
Council also announced that a vigil for all crime victims, organized by Parents of Murdered Children (POMC), was set for 7 p.m. April 13 in Courtroom One, the Honorable John V. Diggins Ceremonial Courtroom, at the Courthouse.