In a historic day for victims, Wolf signs legislation to expand protections for sex abuse survivors

In a historic day for victims, Wolf signs legislation to expand protections for sex abuse survivors

In a historic day for sex abuse survivors, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday signed into law a package of bills that expand legal remedies for survivors and strengthen the law to protect victims of child sex abuse.

The legislation acts on a series of recommendations from a bombshell grand jury report that revealed widespread child sex abuse by over 300 Catholic priests belonging to Pennsylvania dioceses.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
After repeated attempts, Senate passes 'historic' statute of limitations reform

After repeated attempts, Senate passes 'historic' statute of limitations reform

The Senate signed off Wednesday night on major reforms to the state’s statute of limitations, an effort to better protect victims of sex abuse, and achieving in the process what many considered to be a Sisyphean effort.

After two sessions of coming up short in approving a two-year retroactive window for victims to sue their abusers, regardless of when the statute of limitations expired, lawmakers took a different tact this session, opting to create the window via an amendment to the state’s constitution.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Veterans Courts, mental health care access and penalties for crimes against disabled individuals

Did You Get The Memo? Veterans Courts, mental health care access and penalties for crimes against disabled individuals

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would expand access to Veterans Courts, strengthen penalties for those who assault disabled individuals and direct the Joint State Government Commission to study mental health care access. 
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing

Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee convened Wednesday the first hearing in years to examine the state’s statute of limitations to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue the institutions which shielded their abusers, although it is unclear whether the meeting signals a sea change within the chamber.

The hearing comes as new Senate Judiciary chair Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Monroe) says she is exploring action on the matter. Victim advocates praised the fact that multiple panels of sexual abuse survivors were featured but it remains to be seen whether their advocacy will push the Senate to take action after the House passed a two-bill package in the spring.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Grand Jury Report on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church-One Year Later

Grand Jury Report on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church-One Year Later

It has been over a year since the issuance of a grand jury report following a two-year investigation by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Erie, Greensburg, Allentown, and Scranton. The grand jury reviewed over 500,000 pages of internal diocesan documents and interviewed dozens of witnesses to conclude that there were “credible allegations” against over 300 priests which involved over 1,000 child victims.

Monday, August 26, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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