We have spent the past few months meeting with Iowans, hearing heart-wrenching stories from crime victims, gaining new supporters and volunteers and visiting small towns and cities across the state.
Imagine a childhood virus that is known to knock 20 years off of your life expectancy. Everyone from health care experts to legislators and social service agencies would be hard at work looking for preventions and cures for this public health hazard. Why don’t we look at violence and its victims the same way?
Kelly Vierling is an Oklahoman touched by crime, who believes that if the reforms proposed in State Question 794 would have been in place, her experience with the criminal justice system would have been very different. When her son was shot and killed at a party, she learned there wasn’t the right support system for victims and their families
We’ve been busy connecting with supporters across Oklahoma who are committed to expanding crime victims’ rights through passage of State Question 794. We recently joined with members of the faith community and local leaders from Tulsa to Lawton, and it’s clear that energy for this movement remains strong.
There has been a lot of attention focused on the slate of six constitutional amendments that North Carolina voters will consider on November 6. Partisan controversy has swirled around the package - but one of the amendments deserves consideration outside of the group. Victims’ rights should not be dragged into the partisan rancor.