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
Tweets of the Week - November 19, 2019

Tweets of the Week - November 19, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
One week after statute of limitations hearing, another child sex abuse survivor sues Harrisburg diocese

One week after statute of limitations hearing, another child sex abuse survivor sues Harrisburg diocese

As the General Assembly again weighs whether to change the statute of limitations on child sex abuse, another survivor is filing suit against the Diocese of Harrisburg, claiming they took part in a conspiracy to cover up abuse.

According to the complaint, filed in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Thursday, Patrick Duggan said he was abused by a teacher in 1974 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Harrisburg. He claims the alleged abuser, Ronald Stewart, groomed him and others by offering them alcohol, marijuana and other drugs at his house.
Thursday, October 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Final pieces of response to grand jury report on clergy abuse clear House committees

Final pieces of response to grand jury report on clergy abuse clear House committees

Lawmakers on two House committees voted Monday to approve bills aimed at codifying the final two principal recommendations from the landmark grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

It comes just days after the full House voted to approve a two-bill package, authored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), which eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for child sex crimes. Their legislation also raises the age limit for filing a civil suit from age 35 to age 50.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 2: Statute of Limitations, Nuclear Energy and Nerf Fights

Right 2 Know Episode 2: Statute of Limitations, Nuclear Energy and Nerf Fights

No guest this time, but Justin Sweitzer and Andrew Bahl break down the issues of the day on this week's episode of Right 2 Know. We focus on the debate over altering the statute of limitations for child sex abuse (including exclusive quotes from Rep. Mark Rozzi), tackle a bill to boost the nuclear power industry and have a bit of fun.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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