Patricia Wenskunas, Chair
Patricia Wenskunas is the Founder/Chair of Crime Survivors PAC and has gained national renown for her tireless advocacy on behalf of the victims of violent crime. Crime Survivors PAC has a mission to elect leaders to public office who will stand up to criminals and stand up for crime victims.
Ms. Wenskunas’ is driven by her own personal experiences at the hands of a vicious assailant in her own home on April 4, 2002, and the humiliation and injustice she experienced at the hands of the criminal justice system. In both instances, Ms. Wenskunas fought back and prevailed. It was through these tremendously negative experiences that she found her courage and her voice, and has used them both to help others to be transposed from victims to survivors ever since. Ms. Wenskunas was one of the early proponents of California’s Victim’s Bill of Rights known as “Marsy’s Law,” a state constitutional amendment that was passed into law by California’s voters in 2008. Intended to help re-balance the scales of justice so that survivors and the families of murder victims would have rights too, “Marsy’s Law” is now part of the California State Constitution, as well as certain sections of the state’s Penal Code.