It's almost 2019 and that means that the beginning of a new legislative session will soon be here. For all of those following along with Marsy's Law for Wisconsin's effort to strengthen the rights of crime victims, the start of a new legislative session means that we now have the opportunity to get our bipartisan legislation passed once again by the State Senate and Assembly, the last step before Marsy's Law can go to Wisconsin voters for final approval.
I'm Cheryl and I'm proud to serve as the Racine County Chair for Marsy's Law for Wisconsin. I became passionate about Marsy's Law and the effort to strengthen the rights of crime victims after becoming a victim of identity theft. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States with more than 13 million victims each year.
It's hard to believe that the midterm elections were only one week ago! With all of this election coverage, the Marsy's Law for Wisconsin team wanted to be sure that our grassroots supporters heard the news about Marsy's Law's impressive nationwide victories: six states voted to enshrine the rights of crime victims in their state constitutions alongside those of defendants. Voters in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia overwhelmingly approved ballot measures in all six states to secure and increase victims’ rights.
It's officially November in Wisconsin! Time has flown and it's hard to believe that we're already heading into the chilly final months of Autumn. With the next legislative session only a couple short months away, we at Marsy's Law for Wisconsin wanted to update our bipartisan coalition about which legislators and candidates have taken the Stand With Crime Victims Pledge and promised to support victims' rights. As most of our supporters know, our legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on first consideration as 2017 Senate Joint Resolution 53. But our work isn't done yet! There are still a number of steps to make Marsy's Law a reality in Wisconsin.
My name is Jayden and I am a new fall intern at Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin! I am currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a major in Psychology with a Certificate in Criminal Justice. I will be graduating in May and hope to continue my education in graduate school.
This week marked the beginning of October, and in addition to all of the great fall fun that the month will be sure to bring across Wisconsin, it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a very important time for the whole Marsy's Law team. As we travel the state meeting residents from all over Wisconsin and speaking with crime victims about their experiences, we all too often hear tragic stories of domestic violence and how it fundamentally reshapes the lives of those it touches.