On behalf of the staff, volunteers and clients of the Lake County Crisis Center, I want to publicly applaud Judge Lane Simpson for the remarks he made at the sentencing hearing on Martin Brown for the murder of his wife, Valerie Watts (Brown).
Judge Simpson expressed his disappointment in the absence of domestic violence in Mr. Brown’s plea, saying “I think it’s a slap in the face to victims everywhere.”
At the Crisis Center, we want to think we are all working toward a community where domestic violence and sexual assaults are not tolerated, where victims are not stigmatized and blamed for their situations, where perpetrators carry the stigma and where an entire community pulls together to make it a safe place for everyone to live their best lives in safety and peace.
Exec. Dir. Lake County Crisis Center