Clergy wins round in battle over Child Victims Act
By JOE MAHONEY, April 1, 2018, Press Republican
ALBANY — Advocates for a one-year window to allow child victims of sexual assault to bring civil suits against molesters and employers who enabled abuse were deeply disappointed that the measure was sliced out of state budget negotiations.
Those crusading for the Child Victims Act — legislation that has been opposed by the state's Roman Catholic bishops, some youth groups and the insurance industry — said they will resume their push in Albany's post-budget legislative session, which closes in mid June.
The one-year revival is intended to arm victims with the ability to pursue legal claims even decades after they were molested.
"We're going to continue our grassroots effort, and I think it's highly likely . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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