IN THE NEWS-2023

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Decades-old California sex abuse lawsuits give survivors a chance at healing | Opinion

THE MODESTO BEE EDITORIAL BOARD | January 31, 2023

The cascade of recent lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of children throughout California has been sobering.

It also offers untold thousands of victims an opportunity for some healing, including many telling their heartbreaking stories for the first time — decades after they happened.

Pa. House stalemate stops constitutional amendments from appearing on May ballot

Marley Parish | January 27, 2023

Inside the hallways of Pennsylvania’s Capitol Building on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Photo by Amanda Berg for the Capital-Star)

When Pennsylvania House Speaker Mark Rozzi gaveled out the lower chamber this week, he also stopped a series of proposed constitutional amendments from appearing on this spring’s primary election ballot, including long-awaited relief for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Ballot deadline for proposed constitutional amendments about to expire

Eric Scicchitano | January 25, 2023

HARRISBURG — Lawmakers warned of a tight turnaround ahead of the upcoming spring primary election to adopt proposed ballot questions to amend Pennsylvania’s constitution.

That deadline is about to be blown.

The Pennsylvania Department of State says the state House would have to adopt proposals no later than Friday in order to meet constitutionally required legal advertisements ahead of the May 16 election. 

‘Empowered’: Abuse victim’s book aids healing

Mary Schenkel| January 19, 2023

HB 206 would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse survivors to file a…

Jeffrey Pickering, president/CEO of the Indian River Community Foundation, can vividly recall the panic attack he experienced on Oct. 16, 2017. It unleashed a flood of disturbing images from a quarter of a century earlier; of being sexually abused as a teenager by his Orlando-based pediatric orthopedist.

Report raises alarm about potential costs of sex abuse lawsuits

HARRISBURG | January 17, 2023

A report released by a conservative think tank estimated that public schools could be on the hook for billions of dollars to settle lawsuits filed by survivors of sex abuse.

A lobbyist for a group that has been advocating for opening windows for justice for survivors of abuse in Pennsylvania and other states dismissed last week’s report as “the sky-is-falling fear-mongering.”

Republican lawmakers are jeopardizing justice for victims of child sexual abuse | Opinion

Mark S. Singel | January 14, 2023

The Pennsylvania Senate has voted to approve a constitutional amendment to open a two-year window for victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits that have been derailed by the state’s current statute of limitations laws.

After a shot of normal, it’s back to chaos as usual in the Pa. House | Friday Morning Coffee

John L. Micek | January 13, 2023

Just 10 days ago, it looked like Pennsylvania’s normally fractious House of Representatives had suddenly discovered sanity, with lawmakers coming together to elect Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, a compromise candidate for speaker who promised to work as an independent and put the people first.

For a minute there “the birthplace of American democracy actually lived up to its promise,” I rather optimistically wrote.

Commentary: House Bill 206 could help sex abuse survivors

Headtopics| January 12, 2023

HB 206 would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse survivors to file a…

Mike Spiller, who was arrested in November as part of an investigation that he sexually abused multiple children, some more than 20 years ago, illustrates the challenges abuse survivors in Texas can face in seeking justice..Follow Us..

After KBI report on clergy abuse, will Kansas allow survivors to sue the Catholic Church?

Jonathan Shorman| January 12, 2023

More than 50 years ago, Susan Leighnor says she was raped in the 4th grade by priests at Holy Cross Catholic School in Hutchinson, Kansas.

All told, Leighnor says four priests in her childhood either sexually abused her or helped facilitate abuse against her, including the late William Wheeler, who appears on the Wichita diocese’s list of clergy with substantiated sexual abuse allegations against them. One of them told her she would go to hell if she spoke out, she said.

WKRC-AM / 11 Jan 2023 / 07:00 AM / Brian Thomas 7AM

WKRC-AM| January 11, 2023

CHILD USA is cited as the SOL experts and our data is shared on this Cincinnati, OH morning radio talk show in a discussion about child sex abuse crimes and the impact in communities.

Catholic Diocese Challenges Maine Law Allowing Older Sex Abuse Claims

David Sharp | January 10, 2023

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is challenging a Maine law that eliminated the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing a wave of new lawsuits.

A motion in the first of the new civil lawsuits suggests the 2021 law is unconstitutional through retroactive changes that violate due process and vested rights.

 

Pa. House has a speaker in child sex victim advocate Mark Rozzi but a majority that is still undecided

HARRISBURG | January 9, 2023

Mark Rozzi says it’s too early for him to announce any grand pronouncements about his plans as the new speaker of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

Diocese challenges Maine law allowing older sex abuse claims

David Sharp | January 5, 2023

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is challenging a Maine law that eliminated the statue of limitations for child sexual abuse, allowing a wave of new lawsuits.

A motion in the first of the new civil lawsuits suggests the 2021 law is unconstitutional through retroactive changes that violate due process and vested rights.

Child sexual abuse survivors see reason for optimism with new Pa. House speaker

 Jan Murphy | January 4, 2023

It has been nearly seven years since Rep. Mark Rozzi stood up on the floor of the state House of Representatives and spilled his heart-wrenching account of being raped by his priest at 13.