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‘Do your job’: Abuse survivors call on Senate to pass stalled lawsuit reform bill

BY: - May 24, 2021

(*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

BY: - March 17, 2021

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. 

COMMENTARY

Restoring survivors’ rights to pursue justice empowers them to change the narrative of abuse | Opinion

BY: - February 21, 2021

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

BY: - February 4, 2021

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

BY: - November 20, 2019

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

BY: - April 10, 2019

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.