- Sep 24, 2020
One of the top stories of 2018 — the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sex abuse and the Roman Catholic Church’s efforts to cover it up — continued to reverberate strongly in 2019.
A state court system task force wants Pennsylvania to stop issuing grand jury reports, an idea that faces long odds in the Legislature, which would have to pass a new law to halt the practice.
When Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws this week after a years-long battle, absent from the bill-signing ceremony were some of the people who had worked hardest for the changes.
Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws Tuesday, more than a year after a landmark grand jury report showed the cover-up of hundreds of cases of abuse in most of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses over seven decades.
The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges.
The Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday passed a package of legislation inspired by the Catholic Church scandals to relax criminal and civil statutes of limitations on sexual abuse crimes.