As a survivor of violent crime, I’d like to sincerely thank Art Shrader, candidate for Assembly District 50, for supporting Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin and taking the Stand with Crime Victims Pledge. His support means the world to survivors like me.
In 2004 I became a victim when I was kidnapped, beaten with a baseball bat, suffocated, dumped in a snow-filled trash can, and left to die in a frozen storage shed. I saw very clearly how victims need more of a voice in the legal process that followed.
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Today, I am a strong supporter of Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, a proposal to place additional victims’ rights in the state Constitution and strengthen the rights that are already in it, so that victims’ rights are not automatically trumped by those of their attackers. This bipartisan legislation has passed key hurdles in the legislature, but must be passed once more, then supported at the ballot box by voters.
We’ve made great strides in our effort to strengthen victims’ rights, but we have a long way to go to ensure that Marsy’s Law becomes a reality in Wisconsin. Thanks to Art Shrader, we are one step closer to making that happen.
Teri Jendusa-Nicolai, State Chairwoman, Marsy's Law for Wisconsin