Like far too many, I am a victim and survivor of a violent crime. My young daughter, Peyton, was sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered in 1999 as she was preparing to enter graduate school. My family was shattered and devastated by the senseless violence and loss of life.
On that day in February, my family received a life sentence like no other. The lasting impact this violence has had on our lives is something nearly impossible to understand for those who haven’t experienced something similar.
The trauma doesn’t necessarily stop when a perpetrator is caught. Many survivors and their family members are revictimized in the criminal justice process.
No matter what violent crime you, your family, or friends may have experienced, I encourage you to join the Marsy’s Law family. This is our chance to write history and ensure better protections for victims. Let’s lock arms and let our voices be heard. We are survivors; we live strong and honor our loved ones lost.