It can take years for victims of childhood sexual abuse to be able to speak out about their experience. Child sexual abuse survivors often need to spend time healing and in therapy. However, child abuse survivors are currently barred from bringing a civil lawsuit against their abuser 12 years after turning 18.
A far-reaching investigation of a the Pennsylvania Archdiocese is gaining momentum in Pennsylvania. The state attorney general's office is reviewing nearly 70 years of records concerning sexually-abusive priests affiliated with Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses. The attorney general, collaborating with a Pittsburgh-based grand jury, has issued subpoenas to obtain documents dating to 1947. Under scrutiny are the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.
Few things are more destructive to a person's life than being sexually abused as a child. Predators steal the innocence from children who looked up to and trusted adults and replaces that inner light with dark hole in their hearts.
Before selecting a day care facility for your children, make sure to properly research the day care provider. We see far too many cases in which vulnerable children have suffered sexual abuse or other serious injuries at day cares. Often, these tragic incidents happen as a result of chronic institutional failures. Identifying day care providers who have had problems in the past can help you protect your child in the future.
According to a recent investigative report by the Indianapolis Star, top executives at USA gymnastics failed to protect the best interests of alleged victims of sexual abuse at the hands of coaches. While these executives have received many warnings in the past, they have yet to make any changes to their policies to protect children.
Sex abuse laws in Pennsylvania are changing. Recently, the state passed a law that expands the rights of victims, but was it enough? Some lawmakers are voicing opposition, stating the reform was a step in the right direction but that more is needed.
On June 20, 2016, Pennsylvania's Senate took an important step forward for victims of childhood sexual abuse when it passed an amended version of HB 1947. Although HB 1947 would overhaul Pennsylvania's child sex abuse laws, the legislation lacks the key measure that victims demanded. Unfortunately, the bill did not include a provision, which appeared in the bill's original version, that would allow victims to pursue claims for abuse that occurred decades ago.