Marsy’s Law for Georgia Encourages Georgians to Support National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
The National Week will be commemorated from April 19-25, 2020
ATLANTA – April 16, 2020 – Marsy’s Law for Georgia inspires the community to advocate for victims’ rights throughout the year, but from April 19-25, 2020, the organization wants to encourage Georgians to enhance their actions in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).
According to the most recent National Crime Victimization Survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2018, about 3.3 million Americans age 12 or older were victims of violent crime. This sobering statistic highlights the need to spotlight the added rights provided to Georgians through a constitutional amendment that passed by an 80 percent majority in 2018.
NCVRW is a week-long event and is dedicated to raising awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available. This year’s national theme is “Seek Justice. Ensure Victims' Rights. Inspire Hope.”
“Our mission is to bring awareness to crime victims’ issues and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week gives us the ability to further highlight our efforts and bring awareness to Marsy’s Law,” says Erinn Mahathey, National Outreach Director - Marsy's Law for All. “During the statewide shelter-in-place order there are no physical events happening during NCVRW in Georgia. However, it is our hope that the public will feel inspired to educate themselves through virtual lessons and other online resources.”
Marsy’s Law for Georgia wants to encourage the community during April 19-25 to use virtual and local resources to learn more about victims’ rights and help those whose rights have been violated. Below are state resources Marsy’s Law for Georgia recommends.
o During the COVID-19 pandemic, CVAC is providing online non-traditional support in the form of Grief Coaching. They also are providing online Group Support every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Visit their website for more information.
- Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia (PAC)
- Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
- Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program
- Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV)
- Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV)
In addition to the resources made available through local organizations, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the King and Queen buildings plan to light up purple to commemorate NCVRW.
Drive by Mercedes Benz on April 19, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. or by the King and Queen buildings from April 24-25.
About Marsy’s Law for Georgia
In 2018, Marsy’s Law amended the Georgia State Constitution to include a Bill of Rights for victims of violent crimes during criminal proceedings. The constitutional amendment received broad support and assures rights for victims, including standing to petition a court if they feel that their rights have been violated. Georgia is one of the numerous states across the country that have added Marsy’s Law to their constitutions in recent years. To learn more about Marsy’s Law Georgia, visit www.victimsrightsga.com. Victims and supporters interested in sharing their stories can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Marsy’s Law
Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas of California who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only one week after her death, Marsy’s mother walked into a grocery store where she was confronted by the accused murderer. The family, who had just come from a visit to Marsy’s grave, was unaware that the accused had been released on bail. In an effort to honor his sister, Dr. Nicholas has made it his life’s mission to give victims and their family’s constitutional protections and equal rights. Since California’s passage of the Victim’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008, Marsy’s Law legislation has been overwhelmingly approved by voters in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.