The story linked below illustrates how Pennsylvania could and should give victims the opportunity for justice. A two-year window would out perpetrators and those who harbor them. Some argue that money can’t undo the past. It doesn’t, but our justice system acknowledges that victims need more than abstract apologies and relies on compensation. That financial liability can create accountability for organizations charged with the care of children. Please let your state rep (see Resources page for contact info) that you want HB 832 and HB 878 to become PA law.
“Abuse victims receive closure,” by Beth Miller, The News Journal, July 29, 2011, Delaware Online
“Our civil justice system handles compensating people for wrongdoing through the use of money,” he said. “Sometimes that’s a cold way to do things. I’m happy that this plan includes not just monetary provisions but nonmonetary provisions that I hope will be helpful to healing the wrongs of the victims and also healing the relationship the diocese has with the community at large and, more specifically, the Catholic community.”