Marsy’s Law Video “Purple Light” Reminds Public That Victims’ Struggle Continues During Pandemic
Maggie McDaniel, on behalf of Marsy’s Law for Georgia
Video released as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, featuring Marsy’s Law for Georgia Advisory Board Member and Domestic Violence Survivor
ATLANTA - APRIL 21, 2020 - “Purple Light,” a minute-long video released across the country today by Marsy’s Law For All, serves as a reminder that the organization’s fight for equal rights for crime victims continues in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The video features messages from crime victims and advocates, recorded in their homes on their cell phones.
The video was released online today in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and features Marsy’s Law for Georgia Advisory Board Member and domestic violence survivor Kimya Motley.
“Although we can’t come together in-person to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we still need to ensure that we are advocating victims’ rights in other ways, like this video,” said Kimya Motley - Marsy’s Law for Georgia Advisory Board Member. “I want to encourage all to share this video and find other creative ways to advocate for victims’ rights throughout this week.”
“We weren’t about to let these difficult circumstances prevent the voices of crime victims from being heard, especially during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week,” said Marsy’s Law For All spokesman Jon Fleischman. “We had to be creative and overcome the obvious logistical obstacles in order to remind people that the mission of Marsy’s Law is too important for us to slow down, even during a pandemic.”
The video entitled, “Purple Light,” can be seen here.
In addition to the video release, Mercedes Benz Stadium lit up purple to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on Sunday, April 19. Click here to view the images. This coming weekend, the King and Queen buildings plan to light up purple on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 in support of NCVRW.
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 and brother, Henry T. Nicholas, walked into a grocery store where they were 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 mission to give victims and their families’ constitutional protections and equal rights. He formed Marsy’s Law for All in 2009, providing expertise and resources to victims’ rights organizations nationwide.
For more information on Marsy’s Law for All, please visit www.marsyslaw.us.