I wish more Republicans would join Stephens in an effort to better protect PA’s children. I hope he and his colleagues consider introducing legislation or co-sponsoring existing bills to remove the statutes of limitations in child sex abuse cases. This would also identify child predators. There is no statute of limitations for murder in PA. Why should there be one for child sex abuse? I also wish the Catholic Church would use their lobbyists to fight for children instead of against them.
Click here to read: “Stephens plans bill to require more to report suspected child abuse,” by Gary Weckselblatt, The Intelligencer, November 11, 2011
Excerpt from article:
“Current law only requires that the abuse be reported to the person in charge of the institution, school, facility or agency or the designated agent of the person in charge.
“I believe we all have an obligation to protect children if we suspect they are being abused,” he said. “My legislation will require anyone who suspects a child is being abused to report it to law enforcement.”
Stephens said he hopes his bill will “send a message that we all have an obligation to look after the children in Pennsylvania.”