Hope among victims of child sex abuse dashed amid Senate GOP proposals

By Ivey DeJesus, October 10, 2018, PennLive

With time running out on the legislative clock, victims and advocates of child sexual abuse are ramping up efforts to pressure state Senate Republicans to approve a measure that would give adults who were abused as children an opportunity at justice.

A few weeks ago, a tide of optimism buoyed survivors and advocates with expectations that reforms would finally see the light of day. Late this week, those hopes may have been dealt a lethal blow.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, the Berks County Democrat who has emerged as the leader of reform in the Legislature, on Thursday received a copy of the proposals being pushed in the Senate that, for the most part, run counter to the broader reforms being pushed by victims and advocates.

The Senate's most powerful man, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, is pushing for a Victims Compensation Fund. The fund, modeled after programs  . . .

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