Pa. House panel advances relief for abuse victims in opposition to Senate amendment bundle
Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday took another step on the tortuous path toward long-sought legal relief for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, but the route to making it a reality remains to be mapped out. The House Judiciary Committee advanced standalone versions of a proposed constitutional amendment that would give abuse survivors a two-year exception to […]
I’m an abuse survivor. The Pa. General Assembly has to do better | Opinion
Changing and updating legislative rules are just the beginning -- not the end -- of addressing the issue.
Long-delayed relief for sexual abuse survivors passes Pa. House
Proposals letting now-adults file civil lawsuits against their abusers still face challenges in the GOP-controlled Pennsylvania Senate
Reps. Gregory, Rozzi call on AG to investigate Southern Baptist sex abuse | Five for the Weekend
State Reps. Jim Gregory, R-Blair, and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, sent a joint letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Tuesday, asking the state's top prosecutor, and his office, to investigate reports of abuse within Southern Baptist Convention of churches in Pennsylvania.
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
House passes statutory window for old child abuse lawsuits, splitting GOP majority
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?
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
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.
Sexual abuse against gay and bisexual men brings unique stigma and harm | Opinion
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.
‘This can never happen again:’ At Capitol rally, activists push for bill criminalizing ‘sextortion’
The bill would address a shortcoming in state law that now allows these cases to fall through the legal cracks, supporters argued Tuesday.
This important state policy change on sexual assault care is long overdue | Opinion
Hospitals need to have trained sexual assault examiners available at all times.
House-passed statute of limitations bills are ‘Trojan horses’ of reform. Here’s why | Opinion
These aren't quick or sure-fire remedies.