Marsy’s Law for Montana Releases New Ad “Tougher”
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October 6, 2016
Chuck Denowh: 239-5952
Marsy’s Law for Montana releases new ad “Tougher”
(Helena, Mont.)—Marsy’s Law for Montana is today unveiling its second video advertisement, which features a group of Bozeman bikers dedicated to providing assistance and protection for abused children. The ad can be viewed here.
“As if being victimized isn’t bad enough, these kids find themselves in a big, scary situation when they’re thrust into the criminal justice process,” said Cara Barnes. “We find it helps when they know someone’s got their back. It’s great because we are able to use the big, bad biker persona to help provide strength and stability to families in crisis and we let them know that we are there with them and that our presence will be available as long as the child needs us.”
Members of the biker group serve as advocates of an abused child or teen for courage, support and protection not only during every step of the criminal justice process but every step of the way. The members of the organization may also attend court hearings, if it is needed for the purpose of helping the child be less intimidated and frightened while testifying against his or her abuser.
“Our mission stands for Valor, Truth and Integrity and Marsy’s Law is about just that, giving a voice to victims of crime, said Barnes. “Victims should not be an afterthought in the criminal justice process. They deserve to be involved, informed, and their rights respected. Marsy’s Law will help us accomplish that.”
Recent polling shows a strong majority of Montana voters support Marsy’s Law. The poll, conducted in July, had 75% of voters saying they would vote for CI-116 and only 12% against.
Marsy’s Law for Montana is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Ann Nicholas. Marsy was a beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only a week after Marsy was murdered, her mother Marcella and her brother Nick walked into a grocery store after visiting her daughter’s grave and were confronted by the accused murderer. They had no idea that he had been released on bail.