Let Victims Have Say In Seeing Offender

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My fiancé and I started a relationship before I was 16, and he was recently incarcerated on a sex crime. I’m now a legal adult, and we still want to be together. I’ve been told multiple times that I can not have contact with him because I am the victim of the case. This has not only affected me, but it has affected many of my family members, friends, and my fiancé’s friends and family as well. Im looking to reach more rights as a “victim.” I know that as a minor, everyone was trying to protect me, but as a legal adult now, I want to change this so victims in special cases like these have more rights in deciding what’s best for them. This is what I’d call a “love crime” if anything. I’ve been told of many stories like ours, and the offender and victim usually get married after all their sentencing is done. All I want and have always wanted was to spend the rest of the life with the man that I love and want to build a family with. 

If we win this, victims would get more say in having contact with their offenders. Whether it’s while incarcerated or on probation, the victim has the right to decide what’s best for them. 

If this doesn’t happen, theres people out there, people like me, that are victims that still want to be with or have contact with their offender, won’t get any say in what they feel is right for them. Victims don’t have many rights unless it’s in deciding what the offenders sentence will be or what happens to them when they get out. It has to change. Victims need more rights when it comes to having contact with offenders.

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