Experts say a bill to restrict where sexual predators can live in Pa. misses the mark
The state House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill that would place restrictions on where sexually violent predators could live in Pennsylvania. But experts testified that such restrictions have been struck down on constitutional grounds in the past, and address a perceived problem not based on evidence. House Bill 77 is co-sponsored by […]
Why are states turning back the clock on child labor laws? | Opinion
The move comes nearly 8 decades after the U.S. government took kids out of the workforce.
States weigh child abuse reporting vs. clergy’s duty of confidentiality
Some bills would require clergy to disclose knowledge gleaned through religious rites such as confession.
Ohio GOP’s attempted erasure of a 10-year-old rape victim is sick and disturbed | Opinion
This is a matter of basic human decency, good faith and sensitivity on the most fundamental level of society.
Pinwheels are a reminder of the work ahead of us during Child Abuse Prevention Month | Opinion
Protecting our children from abuse is a collective responsibility. We have to remember it every day.
Advocates again call on Pa. Senate to open two-year window for child sex abuse survivors
If it weren’t for an advertising error made last year by the Department of State, a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing the window for child sex abuse survivors would have appeared on the May 2021 primary election ballot.
Legislation suggests a new way to support Pa. Children’s Trust Fund | Five for the Weekend
The bill was introduced by state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Philadelphia, who is the minority chair of the PA House Children and Youth Committee and state Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, who is the committee’s majority chair.
Ten years after Sandusky case, more work needed to protect Pa.’s kids, advocate says
In 2017, Pennsylvania received more child abuse reports than any other year on record, according to state data
After pandemic drop, advocates fear spike in child abuse reports this fall | Tuesday Morning Coffee
The number of child abuse reports received dropped about 22 percent between 2019 and 2020, state data show.
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.