In light of the recent media coverage related to Jerry Sandusky, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and MaleSurvivor would like to remind members of the media about normal behaviors that are common for survivors of sexual abuse:
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape supports the abolition of the statute of limitations to report sexual assault and believes that adult survivors of sexual abuse for whom the statute of limitations has expired should be afforded a two-year window of opportunity to seek civil remedies for their victimization.
Today Judge John Cleland sentenced Jerry Sandusky to a prison term of 30-60 years, and declared him a sexually violent predator. Anything less would have been unconscionable to his victims who endured sexual assault at his hands, years of silent suffering, and the agony of telling their stories to a packed courtroom and the entire nation who was listening last June.
HARRISBURG— The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) urge the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to add members with expertise in sexual assault prevention and service provision, and those who represent sexual assault survivors to the task force it has appointed to oversee the creation of the $60 million endowment from the fine imposed on Penn State University.
Note: PCAR's response to the Sandusky verdict was first published on our homepage on June 22, 2012.
HARRISBURG—The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center is pleased that jury members have found Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. It is a verdict that we believe is just.
HARRISBURG—The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) applaud the NCAA for taking swift and decisive action against Penn State in wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.
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.