Victims comment on child sex abuse reform bills advancing
Whenever a lawmaker stiffens penalties against child predators, our children are safer from abuse. We applaud Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia's tough new criminal bills and hope that other lawmakers in the state follow her lead.
We also support SB118, introduced by Senator Lisa Curtis, a bill that lengthens the civil statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse until the victim is age 50. We always hope and work towards the complete elimination of both civil and criminal statutes of limitations, but any law that makes it safer for crime victims to come forward, expose perpetrators, and seek justice in the court system is a positive step towards child safety and victim healing.
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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.
Note to Letter Writers
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