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Las Vegas is purple for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Las Vegas hopes to raise awareness for resources available to crime victims


LAS VEGAS (KSNV) β€” Monday marks the start of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and the city of Las Vegas is going purple to raise awareness.

Nearly 4 years ago, Sophia says she became a victim of domestic violence. Now she's using her story to help raise awareness during Crime Victims' Rights week.

β€œIt brings everybody in our community together,” said Sophia.

The week is recognized every year on a national level. The point is to make sure crime victims are aware of the resources that are available to them.

Major landmarks like the High Roller, the Las Vegas sign, city hall, and several other locations will light up purple in solidarity with crime victims all over.

"It's amazing that everybody is in support," said Sophia. "A lot of times when people become a victim of a crime they don't know where to turn to."

Will Batista is the state director for Marsy's Law Nevada -- a bill that, if passed, would give victim's more rights when it comes to their attacker and the judicial process.

"We can't control all of our circumstances, but we want to make sure that if any of us ever does become a victim of a crime that there are enforceable constitutional rights available," said Batista.

The ACLU and defense attorneys oppose Marsy's Law, saying it could allow emotions to drive decisions made in the courtroom -- but it's something Sophia says would've made her experience in court a lot easier.

"All that I felt or knew was that he was gonna get me," said Sophia. "Through my experience, it would've helped me a lot."

Marsy's Law Nevada will be on the ballot in November as question one. On Monday, dozens of politicians and crime victims will gather at the Las Vegas sign, where the Clark County Commission is set to make a proclamation.

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