With the election season upon us, the Marsy's Law for Wisconsin team has been hard at work getting our Stand With Crime Victims Pledge out to candidates for legislative office from all over the State of Wisconsin. As most of our supporters know, our legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on first consideration as 2017 Senate Joint Resolution 53. However, there are many more votes to go to make Marsy's Law a reality in Wisconsin.
My name is Clare Schwirtz and I am an intern for Marsy’s Law of Wisconsin this summer! I am going into my fourth year at UW-Madison with plans to graduate in the spring of 2019. My majors are political science and legal studies and I have thought about continuing these interests by going to law school. I studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand last semester and have come back with numerous new interests and perspectives.
The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault [WCASA] hosted a training event for advocates around the state of Wisconsin last week. But in our opinion, it was more than just that because it brought together a like-minded group of men and women who have one cause – to help the victims and survivors of sexual assault heal.
I cannot express how exciting it is for me to personally announce that the Rape Crisis Center of Dane County has endorsed Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin with their full support for our grassroot efforts for the people of Wisconsin!
I’m Taylor Olson and I am the new summer intern at Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin! I am currently a student at UW Madison double majoring in Neurobiology and Psychology with a certificate in Criminal Justice. I will be graduating in December of 2018 with the hopes of continuing my education in either graduate school or law school.
It's National Police Week and the Marsy's Law for Wisconsin team is thrilled to have the chance to recognize Wisconsin's men and women in uniform. Our bipartisan coalition has incredibly lucky to have the strong support of Wisconsin's law enforcement community, and we would simply not be where we are today without these brave men and women.
At HELP of Door County, our advocates often see that survivors of domestic abuse feel powerless. Victims feel that they do not have a strong enough voice in the court process. After being brutally attacked, too many victims find that those who kept them in a cycle of violence have a stronger voice and a host of clearly understood rights that they themselves do not have. In many cases, victims have rights that end up being trumped by the rights of the accused, because the victim’s right either is not in the Constitution or is not as strongly worded as it could be.
My experience as a Field Representative has allowed for plenty of opportunities to vocalize my dedication for victims’ rights, however, this past week I had the chance to speak from my own experience at the Take Back the Night Walk in Madison, Wisconsin.
2018 National Crime Victims Rights Week is behind us and what a whirlwind it has been! Last week, we updated you on some of the events that our team had already participated in around Wisconsin. The end of the week was even busier and we were very excited to be part of a number of events that put the spotlight on the need for stronger rights for crime victims.