Iowa has a longstanding history of being ahead of the curve legislatively; often leading the way. Yet, Iowa is behind in terms of protecting victims’ rights – as one of only 15 states left which have not passed a constitutional amendment to provide those protections. Some opposed to the victims’ rights amendment have cited the statutory laws, our current level of protection for victim rights, as sufficient legal infrastructure in today’s system. However, if we are to ensure the legitimate protection of victims in our state, we need to balance the scales of legislative rights; having the accused protected at the constitutional level, but not victims, causes too many inconsistencies within our justice system. The establishment of these protected rights will save survivors in our state a considerable amount of easily avoidable, aggravated trauma. Marsy’s Law would not only help protect survivors, but their families as well. We need to have a system in place which protects our families going through already troubling, or even disturbing, times. There’s too much at stake to brush this amendment aside and ignore its potential benefits; the fate of strong Iowan families depends on it.


Steven Ray


Boone