Here's what the Pa. Senate missed by not passing bill for abuse survivors

Guest editorial by David Clohessy

Backers of the much-debated civil window for abuse and cover up lawsuits just won't compromise. So says Pennsylvania state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. But, Scarnati, R-Jefferson, couldn't be more wrong.

Here's what he apparently doesn't understand: Thousands of Pennsylvania citizens including hundreds in his own district, are already leading severely compromised lives because of horrific child sex crimes that are, even now, mostly being concealed by other allegedly "responsible" adults.

Thousands who were sexually abused as kids, have compromised sexualities and severely compromised self-confidence. They are the extremely common after-effects of having been used and abused by adults who purportedly love or value us.

Thousands more have compromised careers, having dropped out of school early or avoided college or gravitated toward  jobs where frail self-esteems are less challenged. 

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-10-30 09:49:21 -0500
    But our PA legislature yesterday did pass a law protecting cats and dogs locked in hot automobiles! In the US we had laws protecting animals before we passed laws protecting kids from abuse???
    Rich, MSW
  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-10-23 18:23:32 -0500
    I reside in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in PA. I have divorced the Church and now advocate for survivors. I know 6 men who as youth were repeatedly sexually assaulted by clergy. And I have 3 published articles on Brain Blogger that addresses sexual predators and the extreme damage they cause.

    It is quite clear from the AJD AG Report that community members in legal profession and law enforcement protected the Church over youth. The Church operates more like a global corporation that protects the brand over youth.
    Rich, MSW

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