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 […]
Wolf nominates veteran attorney Suzanne Estrella to run Office of Victim Advocate
If she wins two-thirds confirmation by the state Senate, Estrella would be the first Black woman to lead the Office of the Victim Advocate.
I’m leaving as Pa.’s victim advocate, but the work never ends | Jennifer Storm
My departure only liberates me and amplifies my voice.
Pa. Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm announces her resignation
State victim Advocate Jennifer Storm announced her resignation Friday, two months after her bid to serve a second term was shot down by the state Senate in what she deemed a political witch hunt. Storm, who has led the state Office of the Victim Advocate since 2013, remained in her post for weeks after the […]
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.
‘I spoke truth to power’: Ousted Pa. Victim Advocate Storm slams Senate GOP over vote to deny her another term
Pennsylvania’s crime victim advocate castigated the top Republican in the state Senate Tuesday, saying he publicly defamed her and derailed her career after she staked out positions that put her at odds with his office.
Facing opposition on two fronts, the state Senate declines to give Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm another term
The state Senate took the rare move on Monday to block an executive nomination sent to them by Gov. Tom Wolf, as a handful of Philadelphia-area Democrats joined Republican colleagues to oust the state’s appointed advocate for crime victims. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 32-18 to shoot down the nomination for Jennifer Storm to remain at […]
My story, my experience make me best suited to be Pa.’s victim advocate | Jennifer Storm
As a symbol of my transparency and the integrity of my office, I will address those now and remain available to respond to any questions from my colleagues across the state.
Who should speak for crime victims in Pennsylvania? The move to oust the state victim advocate, explained
A bill before the General Assembly would require the victim's advocate to have a law degree, disqualifying the woman who now holds the job.
Opponents of Marsy’s Law are suing to keep the crime victims measure off the Nov. 5 ballot
The amendment would inscribe Pennsylvania’s crime victim statutes in the state Constitution, giving victims a path to assert those rights in court.
Wolf signs bills to ban female genital mutilation, strengthen crime victim rights
The state victim advocate called 2019 a "historic and unprecedented" year, thanks to the passage of "necessary and vital changes."
‘Well intentioned but impossible:’ Why critics say Marsy’s Law will undermine the rights of the accused
The constitutional amendment pins crime victims rights against the rights of the accused.