Educational Spot Features Child Abuse Activist Lauren Furneaux
LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party unveiled its new Michigan Supreme Court commercial, “Lily,” which begins airing statewide today and highlights the current Court’s shameful record of not protecting victims of sexual assault and abuse.
The spot features an endorsement from Michigan child abuse prevention activist Lauren Furneaux, whose daughter, Lily, was killed by her stepmother in 2010.
“Lauren is someone who knows first-hand the tragedy of child abuse and the tragedy of a court system that doesn’t do enough to protect Michigan’s children,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “The Michigan Supreme Court has turned its back on victims of sexual assault and child abuse. We need new Justices that have zero tolerance for violence against children. We must elect Judge Connie Marie Kelley, Judge Shelia Johnson and Bridget Mary McCormack to the Michigan Supreme Court.”
Two recent rulings demonstrate how the current Court has failed to protect victims of sexual assault and abuse. In People v. Brian Lee Hill (No. 138668, 2010), the Court overturned the conviction of a man for producing child pornography. In Brown v. Brown (No. 131358, 2007), the Court ruled against a woman that was raped at work even though she had informed her employer of continued sexual harassment at the workplace.
The 30-second spot is available online here: