To the Editor:

As the district attorney of Fond Du Lac County I take very seriously my responsibility to uphold and protect the rights of victims of crime in our community.

Crime victims did not choose to enter the criminal justice system — yet they are forced to navigate it nonetheless.

Ensuring victims are aware of their rights was the goal of a unique event I helped organize along with Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin and ASTOP.

If you happened to be near the Fond du Lac County Courthouse on Jan. 17, you saw eight red silhouettes of different shapes and sizes which served as symbols of the survivors who walk amongst us every day relatively unseen.

Each silhouette had printed on it one of the rights contained in Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment supporting crime victims’ rights, known as Marsy’s Law.

The silhouettes also included scannable QR codes for viewers to easily access more information about crime victims’ rights and services available at ASTOP.

Crime victims can be your neighbor, your co-workers and even a family member.

Making sure anyone who finds him or herself in that position knows their rights and the services available to them is one way we can help victims on the road to being thriving survivors.

—Eric Toney

Fond du Lac

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