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Washington, June 14, 2019
Harrisburg, PA - Congressman Scott Perry proudly received a Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award today from Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania. The recognition follows his stalwart support of victims of violent crime and his endorsement of Pennsylvania’s Marsy’s Law legislation, which provides for a voter referendum on an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that will ensure it enumerates rights for victims of crime.

“No murderers, rapists or perpetrators of violent crime should have more rights than victims or their families,” said Congressman Scott Perry. “I’m deeply honored to join the fight with these tireless advocates who are working to raise awareness and get this policy into law.”

Marsy’s Law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Just one week after Marsy was murdered, her grieving parents walked into a grocery store after visiting their daughter’s grave and were confronted by the accused murderer. The family had no idea that he had been released on bail.

"We are honored to recognize Congressman Perry for his track record in prioritizing measures that aim to support and protect members of our community. His endorsement of Marsy's Law for Pennsylvania is another example of the Congressman's unwavering support for victims of crime," said Jennifer Riley, Pennsylvania State Director, Marsy's Law for Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Storm, the Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of the Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate was also on hand to offer her support of the recognition. “As the Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth, I am gratified to have a champion of victim’s rights within our federal delegation. Congressman Perry’s support of the Crime Victim’s Bill protecting the funding for child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault victim’s has helped ensure that all crime victim’s continue to receive their rights and services afforded to them.”

Although the amendment is not a federal legislative issue, Perry urged all elected officials and voters to get behind the measure.

“When it comes to protecting our communities, Commonwealth and Country, we are all in this together,” said Perry.
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