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Marsy's Law looks to be added to the State Constitution for victim's rights

Marsy's Law advocates for victim's rights. Claudia Coco / WGXA News

MACON, Ga -- Marsy's Law, a law that advocates for the equal rights of crime victims, passed the Georgia State Senate and will be looked over by the State House this upcoming legislative session. For one victim Marsy's Law means peace and closure from a brutal attack.

"I was a victim of a vicious rape attack in 1986, and I was left for dead," said Kim Baldwin. "During this process, I have had to continually contact the parole board, go online to see where he's located."

The lack of communication and notification from the court system keeps her attack fresh because she is constantly trying to figure out where her attacker is.

"Just walking in fear everyday, not know if I'm going to meet him in the grocery store, not knowing if I'm going to meet him in the mall. I don't know," Baldwin said.

According to Baldwin, there's no set notification system for victims of crime on their case status outside of Metro Atlanta. So she uses her voice to advocate for Marsy's Law.

" When you remain silent, you give the accused power, and we don't want the accused to have power," Baldwin said.

State Senator John F. Kennedy sponsors Marsy's Law. He said that Georgia already has the Crime Victim's Bill of Rights, but Marsy's Law looks to add victim's rights to the state constitution to hold courts accountable to notify victims. He said after hearing stories like Baldwin's the law is a no-brainer.

"And you listen to those stories, we've got to work a little on the system that we've got," Kennedy said. "We've got to make a better model, we've got to make sure that victims rights are actually honored in a way that protects people going forward."

This law goes to the State House this upcoming session in January.


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