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Key Issues

Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania

While the accused and convicted have numerous rights codified in the Pennsylvania Constitution, crime victims only have statutory protections. This creates an imbalance of justice, because victims have no recourse if their rights are violated. Read more about Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania. 

Please consider contacting your legislator and asking them to vote Yes to Marsy’s Law with no amendments. Use these talking points to help frame your discussion.

Statute of Limitations Reform

Read about the current statute of limitations on child sexual assault in Pennsylvania and proposed legislation from 2018. (The proposed legislation did not pass.)

A key area that victims/survivors, as well as advocates, hoped to improve during childhood sexual assault statute of limitations reform opportunities, was adding a window for victims/survivors whose statute had lapsed. There was lots of debate around this topic in 2018; read about some of those arguments here.

Office of Victim Advocate Conducts Pajama Drive in 2018

Pajama Drive Information Flyer (pdf)
Pajama Drive Drop Off Locations (pdf)

OVA Public Service Announcement

ACLU and Abolitionist Law Center Sue Pennsylvania to End Mandatory and Permanent Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Sentenced to Death