Contact: Myranda Tanck
MADISON – Ahead of today’s joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety and Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committees, the group looking to strengthen the constitutional rights of crime victims in Wisconsin has rolled out the third in a series of 30-second videos in which participants detail their support for legislation known as Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin.
This effort comes as supporters of Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin are pushing to have the proposed Constitutional Amendment come before voters during the April 2 election. In order for that to happen, the bill must pass the Legislature by January 22. The measure passed the Legislature with broad bipartisan support on first consideration in 2017.
As Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin advances through the legislature beginning with today’s joint public hearing, the grassroots coalition will be highlighting a series of testimonial-style videos from survivors, victim advocates, and law enforcement leaders talking about why they personally support the proposal. Earlier highlighted videos came from UNIDOS Executive Director Veronica Figueroa Velez and Ariel Ludlum, a survivor from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
The third highlighted video features survivor Calista Storck, who was sexually abused by a staff member at her middle school when she was only 14 years old. “I think I had this idea going in that the government would be on my side,” Calista says in the video. “I was a 14-year-old girl. Why would they not be on my side? I was dead wrong.”
Watch the full video here.