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Letter: The power of Marsy’s Law


Wednesday, February 07, 2018
The power of Marsy’s Law

I am a survivor of child sexual abuse. I never came forward. Only in recent years, with a great deal of support from family, friends, my community and victims’ advocates, have I found my voice. I don’t want another child to suffer in silence; that’s why I support Marsy’s Law.

Unfortunately, many victims are forced into silence because they don’t feel heard or supported by our current criminal justice system. I support Marsy’s Law for New Hampshire. It will grant specific rights to crime victims, such as the right to attend court hearings, the right to weigh in, and the right to be protected from harassment and intimidation.

It’s frustrating to see some turn this conversation about victims’ rights into an academic debate. As a survivor, I’d like to remind Granite Staters that real-life victims are currently being ignored, silenced, left out and re-victimized. I would love the privilege of being able to have hypothetical, intellectual debates about the need for Marsy’s Law – unfortunately, that was taken away from me at the age of 6.

Marsy’s Law will ensure no sexual predator is given more rights than the child they victimized. It will make sure a victim’s safety is taken into consideration when their attacker is being let out on parole.

To all of the victims of crime in our state – I see you, I hear you, and I’m committed to passing Marsy’s Law to make sure you have a voice in the process and a seat at the table.

TINA SMITH

Concord