September 17, 2018

Gov. Wolf: Legislature Must Step-Up And Deliver For Victims Of Crime Abuse

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday issued a call-to-action for the General Assembly to prioritize and deliver to his desk various outstanding and stalled legislative reforms to empower, protect and support victims of crime, abuse and harassment.
They include proposals on child sexual abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, gun violence, sexual harassment, hate crimes and discrimination, human trafficking and hazing.  
“We have seen too many pro-victim bills fall to the wayside in the past 18 months and I call on the General Assembly to put victims first and take action on these proposals this fall,” Gov. Wolf said. “The grand jury report is a gut-wrenching reminder that our laws are failing too many victims of crime. There are too many issues, including domestic violence, child sexual abuse, gun violence and sexual assault, where bills that would help victims and protect families are stalled in the legislature and this is unacceptable.”
“We are at a critical juncture in time where our General Assembly has an opportunity to put victims and survivors at the forefront of its work ensuring protection, healing and restoration,” Jennifer Storm, Commonwealth Victim Advocate said. “I am imploring them to take up the measures before them swiftly, so we can continue to lead the nation in our response to victims and survivors.”
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