Marsy’s Law for Tennessee presented Knoxville resident Emily-Anne Buck with the Champion of Victims’ Rights Award for her dedication to advocating for victims and speaking out against teen dating violence.

“Emily-Anne is a true Champion of Victims Rights,” said Marsy’s Law for Tennessee State Director Bonnie Brezina. “She bravely shares her own personal experiences to help educate Tennesseans on how to avoid unhealthy and dangerous relationships. Her support and advocacy of Marsy’s Law for Tennessee is invaluable.”

Teen Dating and Domestic Violence speaker Emily-Anne Buck uses her voice and her story to educate teens and youth on the warning signs of abuse. She shines a light on how to reach out, get help, find victory and overcome abuse.

Buck endorses and advocates for Marsy’s Law for Tennessee – a law that will ensure that victims of crime have constitutional rights equal to those accused and convicted of crimes.

“I’m proud to support Marsy’s Law for Tennessee and honored to receive this award,”  said Buck.  “I am so passionate about supporting victims, and Marsy’s Law will provide the equal and enforceable rights that they deserve.”

Adopting Marsy’s Law in Tennessee will provide victims with the ability to assert the critical rights to which they are promised including:

  • The right to be treated with fairness for the victim’s safety, dignity, and privacy;
  • The right, upon request, to reasonable and timely notice of, and to be present at, all criminal public proceedings and all juvenile delinquency proceedings involving the accused;
  • The right to be heard in any proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, disposition, and parole, as well as any public proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated;
  • The right to be free from harassment, intimidation, and abuse throughout the criminal justice system, including reasonable protection from the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused;
  • The right, upon request, to reasonable notice of any release or escape of an accused;
  • The right to refuse a request by the defendant, the defendant’s attorney, or any other person acting on behalf of the defendant for an interview, deposition, discovery request, or other communication with the victim;
  • The right to full and timely restitution from the offender;
  • The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence;
  • The right, upon request, to confer with the prosecution;
  • The right to be fully informed of all rights afforded to crime victims.

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