GO PURPLE for Crime Victims’ Rights Week

GO PURPLE for Crime Victims’ Rights Week



Nevada, April 19-25, 2020


As the world unites to find the strength and wisdom to defeat the COVID- 19 virus we also continue to fight for the rights of victims of another kind.

Seek Justice, Ensure Victims' Rights, and Inspire Hope. This is the message of hope and inspiration from the US Department of Justice, and the Office of Victims of Crime in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 19-25, 2020.

Here in Nevada, a total of 91,097 cases of “Index Crimes” including murder, rape, robbery, felony domestic violence, serious property crimes, and more, were investigated across the Silver State according to the FBI’s newest Uniform Crime Report from 2018.

Get ready to GO PURPLE! National Crime Victims’ Rights Week calls on citizens, community leaders, law enforcement and judicial representatives to remember victims of crime across America, and provide them a voice and consideration through the judicial process, in these extraordinary times as we face the COVID-19 outbreak, and in brighter days to come.

Here in Nevada, we were proud to see residents vote YES for Marsy’s Law/Question 1 in November of 2018, which solidified Constitutional rights for crime victims statewide. Just like the suspects in criminal cases, Nevada victims of crime now have the right to a protected voice, information and consideration during the judicial process, from an arrest through the defendant’s release. A statewide list of RESOURCES and assistance organizations can be found on Marsy’s Law for NV website.


National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Activities in Nevada

  • April 19-25th
  • Businesses, organizations and individuals are being asked to GO PURPLE
  • Post their GO PURPLE pictures on their social media using the taglines
  • #GoPurpleMLNV, #VictimsRightsNV or #NCVRW2020
  • Add GO PURPLE photos to the Marsy’s Law for Nevada Facebook page
  • MEDIA CONTACTS: Kim Schofield 702-528-4199/Deborah Clayton 702-528-7940 / [email protected]


Marsy’s Law for Nevada Guarantees Crime Victims:

  • The right to receive information about their rights, and the services available to crime victims.
  • The right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process.
  • The right to be notified of a defendant’s impending release, and be protected from the defendant.
  • The right to notice of all public proceedings in the case.
  • The right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case.
  • The right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case.
  • The right to full and timely restitution.


GO PURPLE for Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 19-25th

Schedule and staff permitting, locations around Nevada will turn their lights purple to recognize victims’ rights during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Among the possible locations are:

City of Las Vegas, City Hall lights to Go Purple / 495 S. Main Street

MEET Las Vegas, Lights will Go Purple April / 233 S. 4TH Street

Downtown Summerlin/ONE Summerlin / 1980 Festival Plaza Drive

World Market Center, Las Vegas /Grand Central Parkway & Alta

Grand Sierra Resort, Reno / 2500 E. 2nd Street


History of Marsy’s Law

The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983. A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail. Today her family is working to secure a voice and protection for victims and their families, nationwide. Individual Marsy’s Law measures have now been approved in twelve states: California, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio,

Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Nevada. Nearly 140-million people, or 40-percent of all Americans, now receive protected rights under Marsy’s Law.

Marsy’s Law Media Contacts Deborah Clayton & Kim Schofield [email protected]

#VictimsRightsNV #GoPurpleMLNV #NCVRW2020