New Feature: Elizabeth Kerian

 A victim impact statement, first exercised during the Manson Murder trials in 1969 by victim Sharon Tate’s mother, Doris Tate, is “a victim’s written statement which is submitted to the United States Attorney’s Office and forwarded to probation who then submits it to the Judge to review before sentencing the defendant. It personalizes to the Judge the emotional, physical, and financial impact you and others have suffered as a direct result of this crime. Since some victims are uncomfortable with completing a formal statement for review, the Judge will also consider a personal letter. Victim Impact Statements may be seen by the defendant and the defense attorney.” *

In this compelling impact statement written by Elizabeth, we are reminded of the power of words. Elizabeth summoned the strength to repeat the words of her attacker as a tool for persuading the Judge on her case to increase her attacker’s sentence:

“..As you contemplate a sentence, please consider his parting words that play over and over again in my head: “Have a nice life, Bitch.” 

Read the entire impact statement.

* source: US DOJ

What Others Are Saying

  1. Elizabeth Kerian Apr 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Margot,

    Thank you so much for posting my letter and for all your work with the campaign. It is a wonderful effort that supports survivors and friends to make a change about sexual violence.

    Warm Regards,
    Elizabeth

  2. Margot Apr 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Elizabeth,

    Thank you for your kind words as well as your submission. It is because of courageous survivors such as yourself that we are able to continue to support the community of survivors.

    Best,
    Margot

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