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 […]