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Wisconsin crime victims recently got a huge victory thanks to Senator Howard Marklein, Rep. Tony Kurtz, and other legislators who overwhelmingly supported a bipartisan victims rights Constitutional Amendment, known as Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin. The Amendment now moves to a statewide ballot.

As a survivor of sexual assault, I know how difficult it is to be thrown into the difficult legal process through no fault of your own. Sexual assault victims already face an uphill battle of recovery, and I saw firsthand how re-victimizing our current judicial system can be for survivors. It clearly demonstrated the need to level the playing field in our legal system between victims and the accused.

I’d like to express my sincere thanks to area legislators Marklein and Kurtz for supporting and Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin. My story, and those of so many other survivors, clearly demonstrated the need to strengthen victims rights. I’m grateful to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for moving Wisconsin closer to making equal rights for crime victims a reality.

Staci Brunner, Reedsburg

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