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.
The past few days have been really busy here at Marsy’s Law. We started off National Crime Victims Rights Week at the Day of Healing in Madison, Wisconsin. This event, which was hosted by Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA), was awe-inspiring. Throughout the day I was able to take part in a number of sessions offering a range of experiences for survivors and allies alike. In the morning in the first breakout session, I was able to listen to survivors of crime talk about their experiences and how they cope with the most traumatic events in their past. It was incredibly moving to listen to the stories of these survivors and how they each experienced the healing process in their own ways. In the second session I was part of, we learned techniques on how to the improve the work-life balance of our daily lives and how to take care of your own well-being.
National Crime Victims Rights Week is almost upon us! Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin is looking forward to spending next week recognizing survivors from across Wisconsin and providing opportunities for crime victims to share their stories with supporters and with each other.