One year ago today, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report exposing decades of child sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses was released. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia had previously been subject to grand jury investigations in 2005 and 2011. The Altoona-Johnstown Diocese grand jury report was released in 2016.
In Pennsylvania, we have been fortunate for the thorough investigations by law enforcement in each diocese, but justice is still elusive for many survivors. There have been very few criminal prosecutions or even civil lawsuits due to the statute of limitations. The neighboring states of Delaware, New York, and New Jersey have passed legislation that would allow once time-barred civil suits to be filed against the institutions that covered up abuse and exposed children to predators. In Pennsylvania, the fight for justice is a battle not just with the Church, but also the politicians in Harrisburg.
Our survivors need your support. Their advocacy takes a toll in many ways: physically, psychologically, financially and spiritually. On this anniversary of the groundbreaking GJ report, please take a moment to share your message of support to our survivors in the comment section below or on the C4C Facebook page.