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FACSA | The Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse

is a non-profit organization working to:

Help enact laws that protect children from sex abuse;

Bring perpetrators of child sex abuse to justice;

Hold accountable societal structures that hide perpetrators

and fail to protect children from continued harm.

 

 

Donate to Help FACSA Stop Child Sex Abuse

Your donations will enable us to make justice, truth and accountabilty a reality for victims of child sex abuse by helping to change current laws that protect perps and their supervisors and fail to protect children.

To donate to FACSA:
By Check: Make check out to FACSA and mail to:

FACSA
740 Cornerstone Lane
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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Donations In Memory of Joseph Behe PDF Print E-mail

Joseph Behe, a CSA survivor and a childhood classmate of PA House Rep. Mark Rozzi, passed away on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. Our hearts are saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

His family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to FACSA. If you would like to donate, click the link below. You can use your credit card by clicking on the Paypal link without needing to have a Paypal account. Thank you.

 
PA SOL Reform Lobby Day PDF Print E-mail

WHERE: STATE CAPITOL – HARRISBURG, PA

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015 10:00 AM TO 3:30 PM

If You Are Planning on Coming:

• Send an e-mail to mrozzi@pahouse.net with April 15 Lobby Day in subject line with following information: Name, contact information, organization affiliation (if any), and names of your state representative and state senator, if PA resident. Find out who they are here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/

Plans for the Day:

10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

MEETING LOCATION FOR VISITING SOL REFORM ADVOCATES: Room 101 East Wing

• Sign-in and collect lobbying materials to leave behind in member offices. You will be provided key talking points to communicate. You will be assigned specific members to visit.

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

EAST WING ROTUNDA (Outside of Cafeteria)

• Tables will be available for Advocate exhibits and materials

1:15 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

GATHER ON FRONT CAPITOL STEPS FOR PRESS CONFERENCE

JOIN SOL REFORM BILL SPONSORS REP. LOUISE BISHOP, REP. TOM MURT AND REP. MARK ROZZI AND SPECIAL GUEST ADVOCATES.

2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

DE-BRIEF MEETING OF ASSIGNED ADVOCATES: Room 101 East Wing

• All other participants are asked to e-mail feedback of impressions and suggestions about the Lobby Day to mrozzi@pahouse.net with Lobby Day Feedback in subject line.

FACSA CONTACTS:

• Tammy Lerner 610.509.9568 lerner@abolishsexabuse.org

• Marie Whitehead 215.439.0536 mariewhitehead@gmail.com

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH AND SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR EFFORTS TO HELP VICTIMS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE AND TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.

 

 

HARRISBURG, March 2, 2015 — A bipartisan group of lawmakers held a Capitol news conference today to highlight the drastic need for reform of Pennsylvania's archaic laws affecting victims of child sexual abuse.

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State Reps. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), Louise Bishop (D-Phila.), Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Phila.) and Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/Perry), as well prominent reform advocates, discussed their respective bills, which are largely modeled after previously introduced legislation that would modify the statute of limitations to allow victims to seek civil action against perpetrators.

Rozzi's House Bill 661 and Teplitz's Senate Bill 582 would raise the age from 30 to 50 years for an adult victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim, consistent with criminal statute. Previously time-barred victims would be permitted to bring suit.

"For victims of child sexual abuse, the pain and suffering never go away. The perpetrator suffers no consequences. Because of time limits imposed on victims, the perpetrator is free to keep stalking, grooming and destroying more children's lives. As legislators, we have an obligation to institute laws that safeguard our citizens; especially those who cannot protect themselves, our children," Rozzi said. "I am grateful to my colleagues and those who made it a priority to stand in support of these important legislative initiatives. We will continue to fight for their right to justice. Pedophiles don't retire and our law should not protect their heinous acts."

"We wanted to put out strong legislation that would protect victims while ensuring that it was meaningful and passable. Our bills represent a fair compromise that we believe will still close loopholes and help victims seek justice," Teplitz said. "I want to thank Representative Rozzi for taking the lead on this legislation, and for his determination and advocacy on behalf of victims of this horrific crime."

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By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com

The Patriot News Harrisburg, PA

March 02, 2015 

Pennsylvania lawmakers spent a lot of time and effort in the last legislative session working to prevent future cases like the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State.

In many ways, the state is still adjusting to those changes.

But advocates rallied at the Capitol Monday for one more change they say is needed to deliver justice to those who've already been abused: extending the time frames that former victims have to seek civil damages against their abusers.

Current state law bars a victim of childhood sexual abuse from bringing a civil case against a perpetrator after the victim turns 30.

It's not long enough, advocates say, for many childhood victims to come to terms with what happened to them. As a result, it has the effect of sheltering too many perpetrators from accountability for their actions.

"It's high time that we accept that delayed reporting (of sexual abuse by victims) is the norm," said Kristen Houser, vice president of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

"We have recently seen glaring examples of this in the Boy Scouts, in religious institutions, in schools and most recently with the allegations against Bill Cosby. It's time for us to stop asking why... and finally change our laws so they are based in reality."

Bills offered by Rep. Mark Rozzi,, D-Berks County, and Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin County, would raise the statute of limitations on civil action to age 50 for cases arising from incidents of childhood sexual abuse.

They would also remove immunity from the state, local government or private employers in the event of a finding of gross negligence by supervisors in a case of child sexual abuse by one of their employees or agents.

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