statute-of-limitations

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. 

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. 

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. 

COMMENTARY

It was already awkward between Wolf and lawmakers. The Boockvar blow-up just made it worse | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 2, 2021

Wolf and lawmakers already had trust issues. Did the gap just get unbridgeable?

COMMENTARY

Pa.’s recently approved statute of limitations reform fell short. This is how | Opinion

BY: - December 8, 2019

We commend the survivors who have turned their suffering into activism, without whom these reforms would not be possible.

In Reading, Wolf signs child sex abuse statute reforms into law

BY: - November 26, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a sweeping reform of Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for sexual abuse victims into law on Tuesday, capping years of efforts by survivors and their advocates.

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.

‘These victims want their day in court’: In surprise move, state Senate poised to vote this week on statute of limitations reform.

BY: - November 18, 2019

The bills resemble legislation that died in the Senate in October 2018, when Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, declined to bring them to the floor for a vote -- a move that outraged victims and their advocates.

Pa. House committees advance more grand jury recommendations on Catholic clergy abuse

BY: - April 15, 2019

The votes came less than a week after the full chamber gave the OK to a civil window for older sex abuse victims.

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.