Marsy’s Law for South Dakota Announces Kick-Off Event
for National Crime Victims’ Week
Marsy’s Law for South Dakota is sponsoring the lighting of the Falls of the Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls to recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week from April 10-16. A kick-off event will be held at the picnic shelter at Falls Park starting at 5:30pm on Sunday, April 10. The shelter is located on the west side of the Falls at 131 E. Falls Park Drive. Food and beverages will be provided and the public is invited to attend.
The Falls will be lit a different color each night of the week to show support for different classes of crime victims. The schedule is as follows:
|Sunday, April 10||Purple for Domestic Violence Victims|
|Monday, April 11||Purple for Domestic Violence Victims|
|Tuesday, April 12||Teal for Sexual Assault Victims|
|Wednesday, April 13||Teal for Sexual Assault Victims|
|Thursday, April 14||Yellow for Property Crime Victims|
|Friday, April 15||Blue for Child Abuse Victims|
|Saturday, April 16||Blue for Child Abuse Victims|
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an annual commemoration that promotes victims’ rights and services. It was established by Ronald Reagan in 1982 and promoted annually by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime in partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime. This year’s theme – Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. – underscores the importance of establishing trust with victims.
Marsy’s Law for South Dakota is an organization composed of citizens and victim rights advocates in South Dakota who are leading the effort to pass Initiated Constitutional Amendment S in the November General Election. Amendment S is a Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights that would guarantee equal rights to crime victims.
In addition to sponsoring the lighting of the Falls, Marsy’s Law for South Dakota will be releasing the first videos in a series featuring South Dakotans who support Marsy’s Law. The videos primarily feature South Dakota crime victims and new videos will be released throughout the campaign until the November General Election.
“This is an important week for crime victims in South Dakota and we are working hard to give them the equal rights they deserve.” said Jason Glodt, State Director for Marsy’s Law for South Dakota. “We also thank all of the other groups across the state that are organizing events for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.”