Kentucky Efforts In Progress

Victim advocacy has been a lifetime professional and personal passion for me, and my encounters with crime victims have left my soul stamped by the incredible sorrow, resilience, strength and healing I’ve witnessed along the way. I think of legal clients I worked with in private practice, such as the elderly woman who was nervously and meticulously preparing for years to leave a lifetime of severe abuse by her husband. I think of witnesses I assisted as a prosecutor’s Victim Advocate, such as the very young sexual abuse victim clumsily climbing the steps to take the stand – bravely facing his abuser in a roomful of adult strangers. I think of kiddos I treated as a sexual abuse therapist, like the teenage girl emotionally preparing for her father to return home after serving out his prison sentence for molesting and sodomizing her as a toddler. And then I think of the chance encounters that life has brought my way, like the college friend steadfastly returning to school, graduating, beginning a family and opening a victim advocacy center herself after being brutally raped, beaten and left unconscious next to the body of her boyfriend by a serial killer. I think of the heavily pregnant young woman selling subscriptions door-to-door who had runaway from home as a teen and was impregnated and physically abused by her boyfriend/boss, forced to stay and work in the summer heat out of fear and fierce protection for her young child. The list goes on and on, and these are just some of the incredible faces I picture when I speak of and advocate for Marsy’s Law.

I’m so thankful to be on board with Marsy’s Law of Kentucky and to be working hard alongside our lawmakers, advocates, government officials, law enforcement officers, educators, and our business community to ensure that our constitutional amendment is passed. I proudly add my voice to the demand for constitutional fairness for crime victims and look forward to the day we are all able to celebrate together in victory.

Ashlea Christiansen, M. Ed., J.D.
State Director/Counsel
Marsy’s Law of Kentucky
502.702.1107

Status of Marsy's Law in Kentucky

Kentucky does not have a Victims’ Rights Amendment in its Constitution.

In 2016, Marsy’s Law for Kentucky was passed by the Kentucky Senate and passed in a House committee. However, with 941 bills filed by lawmakers in the state, Marsy’s Law for Kentucky was not given the opportunity to be heard on the House floor prior to the end of the legislative session.

Get Involved

Everyday, hundreds of people in Kentucky suffer at the hands of criminals. Then they suffer again – as victims, thrust into the complex judicial system and to navigate an unfamiliar court
process. Marsy’s Law proposes a Constitutional Amendment securing permanent, enforceable rights of victims, but we need your help to move forward.

Get involved now by:

  • Making calls from home
  • Telling your story
  • Requesting materials
  • Requesting a speaker
  • Tracking local media
  • Volunteering as a neighborhood leader
  • Downloading and printing literature to share
  • Speaking to a group or organization
  • Spreading the word on and
  • Showing community support

Additionally, you can help by contacting local media in support of Marsy’s Law!

State-Journal
Courier-Journal
Lexington Herald-Leader
Bowling Green Daily News

Victims' Stories

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Violent Crime In Your State: Did You Know?

Did you know, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most recent “Crime in the United States” report, that in the state of Kentucky there were:

  • 9,340 violent crimes committed in 2014.
  • 160 murders and non-negligent manslaughters committed in 2014.
  • 1,440 rapes committed in 2014.
  • 3,336 robberies committed in 2014.
  • 4,404 aggravated assaults committed in 2014.

 

Source: Crime in the United States, By State, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation website.

Resources in Kentucky

Kentucky Attorney General Office Of Victims Advocacy

Kentucky Department Of Corrections’ Victims Services

Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association

Kentucky Association Of Sexual Assault Programs