Adult victims of child sex abuse deserve a fair shot at justice | Patrick Beaty
Asking voters to decide unrelated questions on the same ballot places victims’ hopes at risk.
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.
‘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 […]
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.
Restoring survivors’ rights to pursue justice empowers them to change the narrative of abuse | Opinion
Whether abuse happened yesterday or 40 years ago, survivors deserve the opportunity to pursue healing and justice.
Pa. House agrees to fast-track legislation to salvage sex abuse reform; Senate still uncommitted
The deal would effectively undo an administrative snafu revealed earlier this week, when Wolf administration officials announced they did not publicly advertise the proposed amendment last year as required.
Senate passes long-sought lawsuit reforms for clergy sexual abuse victims
Survivors and their advocates hailed the action by the Pennsylvania state Senate as a partial victory Wednesday night, though they lamented the fact that it may be years before they can take advantage of a provision allowing them to bring decades-old cases to court.
Senate Democrats want to give older clergy abuse victims the chance to sue — without changing the Constitution
From Jerry Sandusky and Bill Cosby to clergy in the Catholic church, Pennsylvania is “ground zero” in a nationwide reckoning over how to support victims of sexual abuse.