WE'RE ON A MISSION
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.
HARRISBURG—Pennsylvania is no longer the only state to prohibit expert witness testimony in sexual assault trials. Gov. Tom Corbett signed HB 1264 into law June 29, which will allow for expert testimony in cases of sexual violence in late August.
The passage of HB1264 was led by co-sponsors Rep. Cherelle Parker and Rep. Kate Harper. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is grateful for the leadership, persistence and understanding of victim needs demonstrated by the representatives, and to the survivors and advocates who shared real life stories to illustrate why this legislation was so badly needed.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is the oldest and largest state anti-sexual violence coalition in the U.S. The organization represents 50 sexual assault centers that serve the state’s 67 counties. Each year these centers provide confidential services, at no charge, to more than 30,000 men, women and children affected by sexual abuse.