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.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is just around the corner and the Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin team is looking forward to recognizing survivors from across Wisconsin with a number of great events and other opportunities for crime victims to tell their stories.
We can’t believe that it’s already Spring in Wisconsin! The last couple months have flown by, and the Marsy’s Law team wanted to take the opportunity to recap some of the things that we’ve been up to already in 2018.
This week, the Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin team would like to welcome several new members to the Wisconsin legislature. We are thrilled at the overwhelming bipartisan support that our legislation received on first consideration, and we’ll need the support of the new members of the Senate and Assembly when we face second consideration in 2019. With the winners of several special elections around the state now sworn in, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin would like to welcome some new faces to the Wisconsin legislature:
This week, the Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin team is joining with many across the nation in observance of a number of very important events. March 4 – 10 is “No More” week, an international effort to bring individuals, organizations, community leaders, and businesses together to show our commitment to ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse. The effort, which coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8th, is now in its fifth consecutive year.
My name is Magdalena Kozikowska and I am a survivor of sexual assault.
For many victims of violent crime—including myself—it is very difficult to come forward and share this information. The stigma, the emotional stress, and the anxiety that comes with being a victim of sexual assault make it very difficult to talk about your experience—to put your life back together. For me, what made it possible to speak out and to get back on my feet was becoming an advocate for other victims of crime.
It’s been a busy month in Wisconsin! Over the last few weeks, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin has had the exciting opportunity to partner with some of our state’s most prominent law enforcement organizations for their annual conferences. These events have given us the chance to talk to Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, and other members of the law enforcement community from all over the Badger state and hear about some of their experiences in the line of duty.
This past weekend our field team had the great opportunity to be at the La Crosse Outdoor Show in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Our team spent the weekend operating a booth at this fun event which drew attendees from all over Western Wisconsin!
I’m Teri Jendusa Nicolai, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin State Chair, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to relate a few of the reasons that I became involved with this important effort. As a survivor of a violent crime, I can tell you firsthand that Marsy’s Law is needed in Wisconsin. The reason I support Marsy’s Law is simple: Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin would elevate the rights of victims to make them equal to the rights of the accused.