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How a Catholic sex abuse report in Pennsylvania echoed around the U.S.

PBS News Hour | Dan Cooney & Courtney Norris | 10/19/18 The U.S. Department of Justice is launching an investigation into child sex abuse within Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic churches, the latest fallout of widespread allegations made public by a grand jury probe this summer, and felt in communities across the U.S. The PBS NewsHour confirmed that Justice Department prosecutors served […]

The Catholic Church owns the Pa. Capitol. Abuse victims saw that Wednesday night.

Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/19/18 |Maria Panaritis HARRISBURG — For three long days inside the Capitol here, as the hopes of clergy-abuse victims hung in the balance, there was anticipation and angst amid the magnificent murals, white marble pillars, gold-leaf-painted arches, and soaring dome inspired by none other than St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Victims, lobbyists, lawmakers, and reporters scurried through […]

With Senate gone, calculus over sex abuse bill begins anew

Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/18/18 |Liz Navratil and Angela Couloumbis HARRISBURG — A complicated game of calculus ensued Thursday after the Senate failed during its last voting session to reach any agreement on changes that would allow victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits for decades-old damage. Was there still a glimmer of hope, or was the “window” to temporarily […]

Federal authorities launch probe into Pa. Catholic church

Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/18/18 | Angela Couloumbis & Jeremy Roebuck HARRISBURG — U.S. prosecutors have subpoenaed every Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania for a trove of records, opening a potentially unprecedented inquiry into whether decades of clergy sex abuse and the ensuing cover-up constituted any federal crimes. Nearly all of the eight dioceses acknowledged Thursday that they had either received […]

Shame! Pennsylvania Senate Republicans fail victims of priest sex abuse | Editorial

Phila. Inquirer Editorial Board |10/18/18 In a disgraceful act of cowardice, Pennsylvania Senate Republican leaders protected child abusers, their enablers, and a handful of vulnerable GOP candidates on Wednesday, putting powerful interests over the lives of thousands of victims of sex abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic clergy. They effectively killed a bill intended to give victims justice by […]

The List Philly Premiere 11/11/16 7 PM

“The List” is a documentary by filmmaker Anne MacGregor highlighting Philly D.A. Lynne Abraham’s historic investigation into the cover-up of child sex abuse by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Tickets are $15 at the door* Jordan Walsh, ED, CEO, CHILD USA  – (215) 746-4165; email – CHILD USA; *Price of admission includes screening, popcorn, and light refreshments as well as attendance at post-screening […]

Legislature’s consistency needs work

| 11/6/16 | Editorial Board | Altoona Mirror | Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee decided last month that allowing retroactive access in civil lawsuits for child sex-abuse survivors would be unconstitutional. The problem with that decision is that the Judiciary Committee is not a court and doesn’t have the power to rule officially on the constitutionality of any measure. Regarding the […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO HOUSE BILL 1947?

| 10/26/16 | Rep. Mark Rozzi | The Altoona/Johnstown Diocese grand jury report released in March about the wholesale abuse of innocent children by depraved predators finally unleashed the public outrage that had been missing for over a decade. The powers-that-be covered up the unspeakable crimes, leaving children and their families with no path to justice. From the beginning, House Bill […]

Efforts to reform Pa.’s child-sex crime law nears failure as clock ticks on legislative session

| 10/26/16 | Ivey DeJesus | pennlive.com | Pennsylvania’s legislative session will, for all intents and purposes, expire this week and with it most likely the bill that would have reformed how the state prosecutes child sex crimes. House Bill 1947, which passed by an overwhelming vote of 180-15 in the House in April, is just hours from being doomed […]

Pa. legislators abandon bill to extend rights of child sex-abuse victims

| 10/26/16 | Marie Panaritis and Karen Langley | philly.com | HARRISBURG – A controversial proposal to extend the civil statute of limitations for child sex-abuse victims appeared to collapse Tuesday, after supporters said the House was unlikely to move an amended version of the bill or reintroduce the original measure. With little chance of its passing, they said, they will […]

Big issue in Harrisburg: How long should sex-abuse victims have to sue their attackers?

| 10/1/16 | Kathleen E. Carey |Delaware County Daily Times | Childhood sexual abuse is devastating. Its long-term effects impact many facets of society. It’s an issue that is complex and disconcerting. Many from our homes, schools, churches, law enforcement agencies and governmental institutions grapple to contain and maybe, someday, eradicate it. The sexual abuse of minors is a worldwide […]