SCP Media Advisory: Abuse Survivors in Erie to Urge Senators to Act to Help Prevent Further Abuse

ERIE (Oct. 29, 2018) Survivors of abuse by Catholic clergy will speak at the Erie County Courthouse on Thursday to urge the Senate to return to Session and pass legislation to help prevent further abuse and ensure that every single survivor can hold their abuser accountable in a court of law.


Who: Jim VanSickle, Survivor Advocacy Coordinator for Stop Child Predators who survived clergy abuse from David Poulson, who last month pled guilty to abusing two other victims who were within the statute of limitations, and Ryan O’Connor, survivor of clergy abuse from a monsignor at Our Mother of Sorrows parish in Johnstown, will speak about the need for Senators to return to Harrisburg and work with the House to secure passage of legislation to give childhood sexual abuse survivors justice.

What: A news conference to call for the PA Senate to return to session to pass comprehensive legislation to prevent abuse and allow survivors to hold abusers accountable.

When: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Erie County Courthouse, 140 West Sixth Street, Erie, PA 16501

Why: “It is time for the Senate to return to session and pass a statute of limitations reform to give Pennsylvania’s survivors their chance at justice they’ve been waiting for,” said SCP President Stacie Rumenap.

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