|Representatives from Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania and local victim service organizations presented Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) with the Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award for the work she’s done to advance victim rights in the Commonwealth.
rom left: Linda Sposato, MADD; Deborah D’Addona, MADD; Abbie Newman, Mission Kids; Toepel; Caitlyn Collis, Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania; Leslie Slingsby, Mission Kids; and Colleen Dysh, Women’s Center of Montgomery County.
HARLEYSVILLE – On Thursday, Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) received the Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award from Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania, which is aimed at providing equal rights to crime victims in Pennsylvania by ensuring constitutional protections, along with local victim service organizations.
The Guardian of Victims’ Rights Awards are presented to people who have served as advocates and ambassadors for crime victims across the state, working to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect. Toepel is one of the co-sponsors of Marsy’s Law legislation, which is seeking an amendment to ensure that the Pennsylvania Constitution enumerates rights for victims of crime.
“One of my proudest experiences as a state representative was advocating that a portion of Valley Forge Casino money be dedicated to Laurel House. This important nonprofit, which has an increasing need for services, is working to end domestic violence, so I am thankful that the work paid off and more than $200,000 is redirected to benefit the cause each year,” Toepel said.
“I was also honored to play a part in the passage of Marsy’s Law, as all victims deserve to be treated fairly – rather than being re-victimized – during the criminal justice process. Serving in public office is about helping people, so receiving this award is truly an honor,” she added.
Although the state Constitution enumerates rights for individuals accused and convicted of crimes, Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that does not afford the same protections to crime victims.
The award was presented during a meeting with Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania, along with Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center and the Women’s Center of Montgomery County.
Representative Marcy Toepel
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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