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Survivor Strong

Des Moines, Dubuque, Ottumwa, Sheldon, Keota, Muscatine, Indianola…

 

Phew. It’s been a busy fall as the Marsy’s Law for Iowa team has hit the road over the past few weeks.

DV Awareness Month Partners

We've been talking a lot about Domestic Violence Awareness Month the past few weeks. During the month of October, we're working with our coalition members to see how we can be helpful and life their voices up, to show how anyone can become a victim of domestic violence and share resources on where to get help. 

Domestic Violence + Homlessness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the country, a time to amplify the voices and survivors of domestic violence, and raise awareness of the issues they face each and every day. The Marsy's Law for Iowa team is spending the month meeting with our survivor coalition members from across the state, listening to their stories and working with them to truly make a change in Iowa. 

In Their Own Words - Shal-Marie

Nothing has been easy for Shal-Marie since she became a victim survivor. But that hasn't stopped her from pushing through, charting her own course, and being an outspoken advocate for victims. As you read Shal-Marie's, "In Their Own Words," remember that her story is painful and not uncommon. Iowa crime victims have felt pushed aside by our criminal justice system for too long. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. You can follow along on our Facebook page, to see live posts of our series. This week, we're sharing survivor Shal-Marie's message, and it's in her own words...

Domestic Violence Connections

Domestic violence affects people every day across the United States. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence states that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States. In one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Because of the current culture surrounding domestic violence, survivors may face additional challenges in accessing resources, reporting to law enforcement, and generally throughout the legal process. Marsy's Law will help:

In Their Own Words - Tiffany

We continue with our, "In Their Own Words," series this week. We think it's important that you hear directly from those who have navigated Iowas's criminal justice system. These survivors have navigated the broken system and have heartbreaking stories about where they were let down.  You can follow along on our Facebook page, for specific questions we posed to survivors, and their heartfelt answers. This week, we're sharing survivor Tiffany's message, and it's in her own words...

Homicide Connections

Survivors of homicide, such as family members, friends, and other loved ones of the victim feel the life changing ramification of the trauma, hardship, and loss that followed the crime. These secondary victims may face additional challenges in accessing resources and generally throughout the legal process. Marsy's Law can help:

In Their Own Words - Liz

No one can help us illustrate the need for change in Iowa better than crime victims who have navigated the justice system. No one chooses to become a victim or a survivor after they've lost a loved one. But members of our victim coalition describe the justice system as a place where they thought they'd be protected, but instead it's where they were revictimized. You can follow along on our Facebook page, for specific questions we posed to survivors, and their heartfelt answers. This week, we're sharing survivor Liz's message, and it's in her own words...

 

Sexual Assault Connection

Anyone can be impacted by sexual violence. Rainn states that every 68 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. One in 6 American women and 1 in 33 American men have been a victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. The culture around sexual violence is shifting from blaming the victim to believing the victim. Because of the current culture surrounding sexual violence, survivors may face additional challenges in accessing resources, reporting to law enforcement, and generally throughout the legal process. Marsy's Law will help:

In their Own Words - Vicki

We want you to hear directly from those who have navigated Iowas's criminal justice system. Their stories are what motivate us to keep moving forward, knowing that we do better for Iowa crime victims. The most impactful voices in our coalition are those who are survivors, courageously sharing their story and how the criminal justice system in Iowa failed them. You can follow along on our Facebook page, for specific questions we posed to survivors, and their heartfelt answers. This week, we're sharing survivor Vicki's message, and it's in her own words...