Holiday Thoughts From Kentucky

With the holiday season in full swing, the string of parties and gatherings to attend seems almost endless, and with each opportunity I have this season to spend time with my own family and friends, my heart both soars and breaks.

It soars as it fills with gratitude for each and every person that I’m blessed to have in my life and to share time with this season, and at the same time, it breaks for all of those who are no longer with us to share these special memories – and especially for those who have lost a loved one or suffered unnecessarily as a victim of crime.

This heartache is especially strong this year, as I’ve spend the last few weeks talking with advocates and crime victims from across the state, each with his or her own story of loss and trauma to share. While it’s only been a few short weeks since I joined the Marsy’s Law team and began connecting with these men and women, their stories, and the fight for victim’s rights in our state, have already deeply touched my heart.

I’ve quickly realized that our system is flawed, and that we can – and should – do better to protect the rights of victims of crime in Kentucky. Over the coming weeks, I’ll continue to spend time meeting with advocates, and hearing stories from women and men who have suffered as the result of a crime. The Marsy’s Law for Kentucky team will also continue our efforts to help ensure that a Marsy’s Law – a victim’s bill of rights – is passed in Kentucky to ensure that victims of crime are afforded the same constitutional rights as those who are accused or convicted of a crime. Passing a Marsy’s Law in Kentucky is the only way to protect victims of crime in our state from being further victimized – by their attackers or the system.

~ Kristena Morse, Marsy’s Law for Kentucky State Director