April 18-24 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week! This year's celebration of victims' rights is particularly special here in Wisconsin, where our state is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the passage of Marsy's Law for Wisconsin with an overwhelming 75% of the vote.
On April 7, 2020, the residents of Wisconsin overwhelmingly approved the state's new crime victims' constitutional amendment, providing strong, enforceable rights for victims of crime. An incredible 75 percent of Wisconsin voters and all 72 of Wisconsin counties voted yes on Marsy’s Law. Now, we're celebrating the real positive impact that Wisconsin has already seen after one year of Marsy's Law in action.
We have an update on the ongoing legal challenge against Marsy’s Law in Wisconsin. First, a quick refresher on the case.
My name is Bronson Stein and I am the Legal Advocate at Bolton Refuge House, Inc in Eau Claire, WI. I am a second-generation victim advocate and strongly believe in the mission of ending violence against women and aiding all victims of crime. I live in western Wisconsin with my family. I am a member of the Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin Advisory Board and the Facilitator of the Eau Claire CCRT, a collaborative professional group designed to address the systemic response to intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
It’s been about eight months since Wisconsin’s new crime victims’ constitutional amendment went into effect after being overwhelmingly approved by Wisconsin voters last April. In that short time, Wisconsin has already seen numerous examples of Marsy’s Law at work in the criminal justice system, where the amendment is giving victims a stronger voice, and bringing them to the forefront of the legal process.
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April 19-25 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week! This year's celebration of victims' rights is particularly special here in Wisconsin, where our state's voters just passed Marsy's Law for Wisconsin with an overwhelming 75% of the vote.