PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA – Justice4PAkids will hold a free seminar for parents that will share the facts on child sex abuse on October 6, 2011 at UFCW Local 1776, 3031 Walton Road in Plymouth Meeting from 7 to 9 pm. Statistics show child sex abuse isn’t rare and it’s usually isn’t stranger danger.
Experts will guide parents on how to teach their children safety skills without scaring them. They will explain the warning signs of sex abuse and offer advice on screening child care. Speakers include a pediatrician, an adult child sex abuse survivor and legal professionals.
Justice4PAKids is a newly formed coalition of child & victim advocates, lawyers, mental health professionals and concerned citizens dedicated to eliminating the Pennsylvania statutes of limitations for childhood sexual abuse. This would expose perpetrators and those who harbor them; protect children; give victims an opportunity for justice; save taxpayers money.
“There is no statute of limitations on murder,” says former Philadelphia Deputy District Attorney and group member Charles Gallagher. “Why should childhood sexual abuse, which is actually soul murder, be treated differently? The arguments against it are the same that could be used against murder statutes. They simply don’t hold up.”
House Bills 832 and 878, which were introduced on March 9, 2011 by Louise Bishop and Mike McGeehan respectively (both D-Phila), have been stalled in the Judiciary committee without a hearing. Committee chair, Ronald Marisco (R- Dauphin County) has not presented the bills for a move to the House floor.
Editor’s Note: Kathy Kane and I are founding members of Justice4PAkids.