Pa. child abuse lawsuits held up due ‘systemic failures’ in Dept. of State, report says
In a report released Wednesday, the state Inspector General found no evidence of “intentional malfeasance” in an advertising error that delayed a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment to allow survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers. Instead the report pointed a finger at an informal and unwritten process for tracking and overseeing constitutional amendments in […]
‘Do your job’: Abuse survivors call on Senate to pass stalled lawsuit reform bill
(*This story was updated at 11:24 a.m. on Tuesday, 5/25/21 to clarify the role of Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office and its interactions with Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward’s staff) Cindy Leech’s voice broke, then it broke again, as she talked about the lives ruined, and the lives lost, to childhood sexual abuse — including […]
This is the true ‘gold standard” for child protection in Pa. | Opinion
It’s time for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to stand up for survivors. It’s time for lawmakers to start protecting survivors over sexual predators.
Faced with limited Republican backing, statute of limitations reform on thin ice in House
The Republican division could sink the emergency amendment, which requires a two-thirds majority, or 136 votes in the House and 34 in the Senate, to pass.
Will public institutions be held liable for decades-old abuse claims? Pa. Senate bill wants to make sure they can
An amendment that a key state Senate committee approved Tuesday seeks to put to rest a separate debate: whether public institutions, such as local government and schools, can be held liable for abuse that took place decades ago.
Pa. House GOP pushes measure to restrict Wolf emergency response, remake judiciary
The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House advanced two constitutional amendments Tuesday that would address their long simmering balance of power grievances.
Pa. Senate tees up constitutional amendment opening civil window for sex abuse survivors
A senior Republican in the state Senate says she's prioritizing approval of legislation that would amend the state constitution to open a two-year retroactive window in which survivors of sexual abuse could bring civil suits against offenders in old cases.
Here’s how to support abuse survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic | Opinion
Children who live in abusive households are being quarantined with their abusers, with nowhere to turn in a time of crisis.
Preventing child abuse and neglect is everyone’s responsibility | Opinion
With schools and daycares closed of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's on all of us to make sure that our children stay safe. Here's how to help.
Pa.’s child abuse hotline is now run out of employees’ homes, but receiving far fewer tips than normal
The precipitous drop in call volume is consistent with the warnings that child abuse experts sounded to the Capital-Star last month, when they said that social distancing orders put in place by the Wolf administration would cut children off from teachers, day care providers, and other adults who are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse to the authorities.
‘The perfect storm:’ How COVID-19 has multiplied the risk for children in abusive households
What’s more, the risks of spreading COVID-19 -- coupled with the restrictions that public officials have put in place to contain it -- are preventing social workers from entering homes to investigate abuse claims, they said.
Support this bill upping the penalty for child porn offenders | Opinion
By Dave Arnold I’ve been in law enforcement for more than 18 years. I was elected District Attorney in Lebanon County and served in that capacity from January 1, 2006 through January 28, 2020, when I resigned to take office in the Pennsylvania Senate. I now serve the constituents of the 48th Senatorial District (representing […]