CLEVELAND — Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be lit up purple this week in honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
Marsy’s Law for Ohio is commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) with both the Rock Hall and Columbus' LeVeque Tower lit purple throughout the week in honor of crime victims.
The organization asks all Ohioans to join in this week by lighting their front porches purple; a continuation of the Purple Lights at Home effort from Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
Marsy’s Law, which was passed in Ohio in 2017, gives crime victims meaningful and enforceable constitutional rights equal to the rights of the accused, including the right to be notified of specific public proceedings throughout the criminal justice process and to be present and heard during those proceedings, as well as allowing victims and their families to exercise their right to be present - and heard - at court proceedings.
“No one expects to be a victim,” said Jessica Ryan, Outreach Director, Marsy’s Law for Ohio, “Marsy’s Law for Ohio actively works to educate Ohioans about their rights so if the worst happens, they are knowledgeable and confident throughout the process.”
Since 2010, homicides in Cleveland are up 136% and in Cincinnati, there was a 28.7% increase between 2019 and 2020. Just last week, 93 people were arrested in a human trafficking sting in Columbus.
The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center offers free legal assistance to victims. Learn more at https://www.ocvjc.org/. For additional information about this year’s NCVRW and how to assist victims in your own community, please contact Marsy’s Law for Ohio at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.marsyslawforoh.com.
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