COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposed amendment updating Ohio's crime victims' rights has cleared the initial hurdle on its way to the ballot box.
Marsy’s Law for Ohio has delivered well over the required amount of signatures necessary to begin the constitutional amendment process to bring stronger victims’ rights to the state. Says David Voth, Crime Victims Services Executive Director, “There are violations of victims’ rights in probably every county, every day in some way or fashion…” Please support Marsy’s Law for Ohio to give victims the constitutional rights they deserve.
For many of us, when we read the phrase “sex trafficking,” we envision a criminal underworld hinging upon complicated kidnapping schemes in which women, shackled and bound, devise harrowing attempts at escape. Nearly always, when we read “sex trafficking,” we think “not here.” We think “far away.”
Minors in Ohio who are charged with prostitution offenses or who are believed to be human trafficking victims and are charged with other offenses are granted protection under Ohio’s “Safe Harbor” law.
Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center is now offering Saturday hours in an effort to make our services more accessible to victims. From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the following dates, OCVJC will have an advocate available to answer questions and help victims receive legal services.
Equal Rights for Crime Victims Goal of New Constitutional Amendment
Initial Steps Taken for Marsy’s Law for Ohio as Campaign Kick Off Nears
Columbus – Ohio crime victim rights advocates today will take the first step toward placing a constitutional amendment on the Ohio ballot – Marsy’s Law for Ohio. The proposed constitutional amendment ensures victims of crime and their families are provided with the same level of constitutional rights as the accused or convicted.
Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center thanks Walmart and Sam’s Club for their support and contribution to helping us bring a voice to victims across the state.
Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) provide a place and a process for child victims of sexual violence and other severe forms of child maltreatment to disclose what has happened to them and find safety and healing. Reducing trauma for children and their non-offending family members is the primary goal of all CACs, and it is accomplished through the work of a multidisciplinary team (MDT).
Victims are crucial participants in the criminal justice system. Oftentimes, prosecutors could not convict offenders without the testimony of victims at grand jury hearings and trials. As a victim, participation in the criminal justice process takes a physical, emotional and financial toll.
I look forward to this time of the year. The Holidays remind me of my many blessings. From my daughters, chosen family, and friends, to simpler things like the healing power of music or the joy of waking up to the crisp smell of an autumn day, there is so much for which I’m grateful.