Marsy’s Law For Kentucky State Director Joins Panel Discussion
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MARSY’S LAW FOR KENTUCKY STATE DIRECTOR JOINS LEGISLATORS AND ADVOCATES FOR “TAKE BACK THE NIGHT” PANEL DISCUSSION AT UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
LOUISVILLE (March 30, 2016) – This afternoon, Marsy’s Law for Kentucky state director Kristena Morse will join Representative Joni Jenkins, Representative Mary Lou Marzian, for a panel discussion focused on the current state of sexual assault legislation in Kentucky. The panel discussion will be moderated by Gretchen Hunt, who oversees the Office of Victims Advocacy within the Office of the Attorney General, and is part of the University of Louisville PEACC Center’s Take Back the Night Rally & March event.
The focus of today’s discussion is to explore the current state of sexual assault legislation in Kentucky and to educate attendees about ways they can be active participants in the legislative process.
The Marsy’s Law for Kentucky bill – Senate Bill 175 – sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield (R-Hopkinsville) is among the various pieces of legislation that will be discussed. The bill has passed the Senate and its assigned committee in the House with overwhelming support. It now awaits a full vote in the House. Upon passage in the House, the amendment would be placed on the ballot in November.
“Now is the time for the House to take action on behalf of crime victims in Kentucky by passing Senate Bill 175. Victims in Kentucky, including victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, deserve the same constitutional level protections that the accused and convicted are already granted. The House must take action now to ensure that crime victims are afforded the protections they deserve,” stated Kristena Morse, state director for Marsy’s Law for Kentucky.
The University of Louisville PEACC Center’s Take Back the Night event seeks to end sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms by bringing together organizations, civic leaders and individuals from across the city to protest violence against women and promote awareness of the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors which perpetuate this specific type of violence.
WHAT: Take Back the Night Panel Discussion at University of Louisville
WHEN: 3:30pm Wednesday, March 30, 2016
WHERE: George J. Howe Red Barn, 2011 S. Brook St., University of Louisville Belknap Campus
WHO: Kristena Morse, state director, Marsy’s Law for Kentucky, Representative Joni Jenkins, Representative Mary Lou Marzian and Gretchen Hunt, head of the Office of Victims Advocacy within the Office of the Attorney General.
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