With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

With session next week, pressure increases on General Assembly to act on grand jury report

Mary McHale was sexually assaulted by her priest as a teen, and her experience is one of over a thousand included in the state’s grand jury report released last month.

Speaking at a press conference this week, flanked by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) and local DAs, she took a hard stance against legislative opposition to the grand jury report.

“If you don’t support this bill, you are standing with the pedophiles,” McHale said.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Horror at grand jury report lingers, but agreeing on action still an open question

Horror at grand jury report lingers, but agreeing on action still an open question

With the breadth of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania now fully realized, eyes are turning to see how the General Assembly will respond this fall.

House leadership promised the day of the report’s release that a vote on SB 261, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) to indefinitely extend statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, would come this fall.

But Scarnati reiterated his opposition to a House-backed provision to let victims of childhood sexual abuse sue in civil court for damages Wednesday evening.

Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's three events in under three minutes! 

Friday, August 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Grand Jury report prompts legislative response

Grand Jury report prompts legislative response

On Tuesday afternoon Attorney General Josh Shapiro stood surrounded by victims as he made public the findings from a two-year grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The report prompted legislators to speak out about their support and brought up a bill that echoes the grand jury's recommendations, Senate Bill 261.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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