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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 […]

Needed legislation gives child sexual abuse victims more time to sue

| 10/6/16 | Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board | The Pennsylvania Senate can redeem itself by supporting a bill it earlier gutted that would expand both the criminal and civil statutes of limitation on child sex abuse. The legislation would allow pedophilia victims who were assaulted years ago to sue institutions that protected their abusers for decades. The House is expected […]

Rozzi: Victims have waited long enough for justice

| HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 | State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today stood with advocates, survivors and members of the General Assembly and called on Republican House leadership to run H.B. 1947, a statute of limitations reform bill, with a retroactive component included. “When I ran for this office, I was on a personal mission to shake open the log jam […]

Six of state’s eight Catholic dioceses under investigation

| 9/19/16 | Steve Esack | Allentown Morning Call | Pittsburgh grand jury looking at child sex abuse allegation from churches across state HARRISBURG — Four more Catholic dioceses — Erie, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton — have been swept into a grand jury investigation of clergy sex abuse and cover-up allegations in communities stretching from the Delaware River to the Monongahela. […]

Expect worse cases of clergy abuse: Witnesses in state investigation into allegations in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Allentown

| 9/16/16 | Ivey DeJesus | pennlive.com | Several of the witnesses called to testify before a grand jury investigation by the state Attorney General’s office into allegations of clergy sex abuse across dioceses in the state are warning that they expect those findings to dwarf an earlier report this year out of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. “After reading the […]

Grand jury looks at possible child sex abuse in Harrisburg, Allentown diocese

| 9/16/16 | Steve Esack, Peter Hall and Matt Assad |Allentown Morning Call | The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is looking into allegations of abuse by priests in the Allentown Diocese as part of a bigger statewide investigation, a lawmaker who was called to testify told The Morning Call on Thursday. The Harrisburg Diocese also is under investigation. “I can […]

New AG says proposed Pa. child-sex abuse law wasn’t unconstitutional

| 9/22/16 | Maria Panaritis | Phila. Inquirer | Freshly appointed to the helm of an office racked by tumult, Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer is rejecting a key position taken by his predecessor, saying he believes a child sex-abuse bill in Harrisburg that would have allowed lawsuits for decades-old cases would not have violated the state constitution. In an […]

Legislator urges survivors to testify before grand jury

| 9/20/16 | Bradie Kessler | York Daily Record| State Rep. Mark Rozzi said he believes the high volume of reports of clergy abuse to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office spurred a statewide grand jury investigation into six Catholic dioceses, including Harrisburg. “After the Altoona-Johnstown (diocese grand jury report) came out, and the Attorney General put out the hotline, and […]

Clergy abuse news conference: 3 takeaways

| 9/20/16 | Brandie Kessler| York Daily Record | Days after confirming a statewide grand jury investigation into six Catholic dioceses, including Harrisburg, State Rep. Mark Rozzi stood with survivors of clergy sex abuse in Philadelphia to issue a call to action. Rozzi and others spoke in support of statute of limitations reform that includes a retroactive provision to allow […]