'Support for Marsy's Law'

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Wisconsin crime victims recently got a huge victory thanks to Senator Steve Nass, Representatives Cody Horlacher and Don Vruwink, and other legislators. In May, the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of a bipartisan victims' rights Constitutional Amendment known as Marsy's Law for Wisconsin, sending it before Wisconsin voters in a statewide ballot in April of next year.

As a victim of sexual assault, I know how long and difficult the road to recovery is for survivors who are thrown into a lengthy legal process through no fault of their own. After I became a victim, I spent three years in and out of court attempting to seek justice, while simultaneously trying to heal physically and mentally. As I struggled with nightmares, flashbacks, and severe anxiety, I was forced to sit through numerous delays, reliving this traumatic experience as my attacker's case dragged on and on. This experience is why I'm proud to be one of the thousands of survivors, victim advocates, law enforcement leaders, and Wisconsin residents who have joined in support of Marsy's Law for Wisconsin.

I'd like to express my sincere thanks to area legislators Nass, Horlacher, and Vruwink for supporting Marsy's Law. I'm grateful to them and all of our lawmakers for coming together to clear this final legislative hurdle and move Wisconsin closer to making equal rights for crime victims a reality.

Now it is time for Wisconsin's voters to have the final say on Marsy's Law for Wisconsin. I look forward to voting to support equal rights for crime victims, and I urge my fellow community members to do the same.

Maggie Kozikowska

Evansville

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