Oneida County Silhouette Event to Raise Awareness for Crime Victims’ Rights

Madison, WI - Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, in partnership with the Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and & Sexual Assault and Oneida County District Attorney Jillian Pfeifer, is raising awareness about the rights available to crime victims in Wisconsin through a compelling display of silhouettes at the Oneida County Courthouse. The display is available to view from June 26-July 3, with a kickoff event on June 26.

Attendees will experience an interactive display of red-painted silhouettes that represent someone impacted by crime. Each silhouette will have one of the rights provided by Wisconsin’s Crime Victims’ Rights constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law written on it. The silhouettes will also have QR codes on them that will connect people to the websites for Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, Violence Intervention Project, and the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victims’ Services for additional information.

“The silhouette display portrays the reality of victims and survivors of crime, who could be the everyday people beside us – our neighbors, colleagues, or friends,” said Nela Kalpic, State Director for Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin. “With this exhibit, our goal is to shine a light on rights provided to crime victims by Marsy’s Law and the support services available, urging the broader community to recognize and stand by those impacted by crime.”

“The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office is committed to providing victims of crime with the dignity and respect they deserve and our state constitution requires,” said Jillian Pfeifer, District Attorney of Oneida County. “We aim for the silhouette display to be an informative tool on Marsy’s Law and the victim support services available in our community.”

“Tri-City Council works every day to stand up for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Angie Fanning, Executive Director of the Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Inc. “We hope the silhouette display will serve as an empowering and educational reminder of what is available to victims in Oneida County.”

The silhouettes will be placed inside the Oneida County Courthouse. Each silhouette will display a specific right from Marsy’s Law, written in language easily understood by victims who may not have prior engagement with the criminal justice system. Marsy’s Law rights highlighted on the silhouettes include: right to privacy, right to notice, right to confer, right to be present, right to be heard, right to know your rights, right to restitution, and right to enforce your rights.

The event begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26 inside the Oneida County Courthouse located at 1 S Oneida Avenue. The silhouettes will remain in the Courthouse until 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 3.