sexual-abuse

House passes statutory window for old child abuse lawsuits, splitting GOP majority

BY: - April 7, 2021

Wednesday's vote split the Republican caucus down the middle, a rarity in the legislature. All but one of the dissenting votes was cast by a GOP lawmaker.

Lawmakers want to use emergency powers to pass sexual abuse reform. Can they find the votes to pull it off?

BY: and - March 15, 2021

The margin for error is slim. To invoke the emergency powers, the House and Senate will need two-thirds agreement on a measure that has eluded action for years. 

Pa. corrections officer trainee charged with alleged sexual abuse of Fayette County youth

BY: - May 28, 2020

A state corrections officer trainee from Harrisburg was arrested for allegedly traveling multiple times to meet up with a 14-year-old Fayette County girl for sex.

COMMENTARY

Sexual abuse against gay and bisexual men brings unique stigma and harm | Opinion

BY: - August 30, 2019

At least 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. This number rises to 1 in 4 men across their lifespan. The rates of sexual abuse and assault are even higher in boys and men from sexual minority populations.

COMMENTARY

‘This can never happen again:’ At Capitol rally, activists push for bill criminalizing ‘sextortion’

BY: - May 7, 2019

The bill would address a shortcoming in state law that now allows these cases to fall through the legal cracks, supporters argued Tuesday.

COMMENTARY

This important state policy change on sexual assault care is long overdue | Opinion

BY: - April 25, 2019

Hospitals need to have trained sexual assault examiners available at all times.

How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims

BY: and - April 14, 2019

The House and Senate have approved a dozen victim-centered bills over the last past week, including a few identical versions of the same bill passed by both chambers.

COMMENTARY

It’s on all of us to fight human trafficking | Opinion

BY: - April 11, 2019

As citizens we all have a role to play in recognizing the signs of human trafficking and to report suspicious behavior when we become aware.