What does a recent Pa. Supreme Court ruling mean for survivors of childhood sexual abuse?
Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward hasn’t officially ruled out legislation that would open a two-year window for victims of child sexual abuse to sue their abusers.
As child advocates plan for action, top Senate GOP lawmaker Ward considers the ‘best legal path’ to justice
When state lawmakers return to Harrisburg in September, Marci Hamilton will be waiting to greet them.
‘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 […]
As budget season approaches, Harrisburg finds a way to investigate and legislate
Lawmakers have plenty of policy challenges facing them in the weeks and months to come, but the Legislature is focused on a nesting doll-esque set of controversies.
This is the true ‘gold standard” for child protection in Pa. | Opinion
It’s time for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to stand up for survivors. It’s time for lawmakers to start protecting survivors over sexual predators.
Bill aiding abuse survivors clears critical Pa. Senate committee hurdle. But will it see a vote?
The measure sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, now advances to the Senate floor, where it must be considered three times and pass a final vote before it can go to Gov. Tom Wolf.
Abuse survivors dealt another setback, as GOP Senate says it won’t take up emergency reform
The decision means that victims must wait at least two more years to bring abusers and institutions to court.
‘We’ll be there, masks and all’: Closed out of the Capitol for months, sex abuse survivors reluctantly return to push for emergency reform
With the Capitol set to reopen Monday, activists say they'll be there as lawmakers work to provide justice to the survivors of childhood sexual assault.
Faced with limited Republican backing, statute of limitations reform on thin ice in House
The Republican division could sink the emergency amendment, which requires a two-thirds majority, or 136 votes in the House and 34 in the Senate, to pass.
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.
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.
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.