Victims’ Voices

Holly

When A Case Falls Through The Cracks- Holly's Story

The Marsy’s Law for Maine team wants to thank a person who has quickly become very special to us. Her name is Holly.

Fourteen years ago, at the age of 19, Holly reconnected with a high school classmate. What was supposed to be dinner and a movie turned into a nightmare. This man took Holly to a cabin where he held her captive for more than two days, repeatedly raping her. 

Michael Liles' Story

Speaking Up For Deborah - Michael Liles' Story

 

My life changed forever on March 23, 2017, when a convicted felon broke into my home and murdered my beautiful wife of 43 years. Our five children and I have agonized over the past eight months. We’ve been kept in the dark and navigating lengthy trials – all while grieving for the tragic loss of life. I’m doing everything I can to speak up for Deborah during the criminal justice process because her voice was taken from her. But, things would be much easier if crime victims and their families had enumerated protections in the Florida Constitution. That’s why we need Marsy’s Law.

Natalie

For one Victim, the Struggle to Regain a Sense of Control

Natalie Marti’s experience as a victim of crime begins in February 2003 when she, her husband, and their baby daughter were driving home on an Idaho interstate. As her husband, Shawn, prepared to exit the freeway, a drunk driver traveling the wrong way at speeds estimated at 98 mph smashed into Marti’s vehicle.

Tamiko

"Hello, Beautiful" - Tamiko's Story

Tamiko Pugh, an author, and activist against domestic violence, lives in Austell. Below, she shares her story and why she supports Marsy’s Law for Georgia.

Ten years ago I woke up alone, in a state of confusion and panic, helplessly lying in the middle of I-85.

Ashlee Birk

A Closer Look with Ashlee Birk

On March 11, 2011 Emmett Birk was shot and killed in a Walgreens parking lot by the husband of a secret mistress. His wife, Ashlee, was made a widow at the age of 28 with 5 children.

Ashlee is a survivor and through her trials, she has used her own story to bring comfort and healing to others. Ashlee shares her story through a blog and book series entitled, “The Moments We Stand.” In them, she tells of her personal journey of healing and seeking peace after the murder of her husband Emmett.

Ashlee resides in Idaho and supports Marsy’s Law. Below she explains more of her story and how Marsy’s Law would have impacted her journey.

Skylar

Victims Need Stronger Rights – Skylar's Story

Marsy’s Law for Kentucky will provide Constitutional rights for crime victims – equivalent to those that the accused and convicted enjoy. It will ensure that crime victims and their families are informed of hearings, their rights, and have a protected voice as the case against the accused moves forward. Skylar’s family, tragically, is learning every day why Marsy’s Law is needed.