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 – The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape presented Carol Lavery with the 2011 Pennsylvania Visionary Voice Award, April 6 at the Rotunda, Capitol Building in Harrisburg during its annual advocacy day.
Lavery earned the award in 2011 for her career-long dedication to helping victims of crime and advocacy for sexual assault victims and their families.
"He was beaten, scarred and nearly broken. In a groundbreaking interview, Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry reveals the devastating details of his childhood sexual abuse."
MSNBC.com Staff report
A man who rescued an 8-year-old girl who had been abducted by a stranger says he was "beyond scared" as he forced the alleged kidnapper to stop his truck and hand over the child.
At about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Victor Perez, 29, recognized the truck from media reports about the girl, who was taken while she played outside a home in Fresno, Calif., at 8:30 p.m. Monday.
He gave chase in his own vehicle and repeatedly tried to force the alleged kidnapper's truck off the road. Eventually, Perez saw the girl's head in the truck's window.
For the full story, visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39533885/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts
PCAR received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds via the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to increase the number of sexual assault nurse examiners. The goal of the SANE Project is to train more than 100 more nurses across the Commonwealth to improve care and services to victims and to increase the marketability of registered nurses. The first PCAR facilitated course was held at Penn State Hershey Medical Center September 13-17, 2010.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
from the Bloomsburg, PA Press Enterprise
Try to picture this scene, and see if it doesn't make your blood boil: A teenage boy has been declared delinquent for sexually assaulting a girl with whom he attends high school, and now he must appear for sentencing.
There in the courtroom is the principal, the man who is supposed to oversee the education of both the attacker and the victim.
What does the principal do?
With the family of the victim looking on in disbelief, he tells the judge that the attacker is a young man of good character.
An Ellwood City man, suspicious of his neighbor’s relationship with a 12 year old girl, checked the state’s Megan’s Law list and discovered the man was a registered sex offender. Shortly after the neighbor reported the perpetrator to the local police, the victim disclosed that Samuel Edward Ross, 46, had assaulted her. The AP reported that the girl’s parents knew that Ross had a criminal record but were unaware it was for molesting a 13-year-old New Castle girl in 2003.
An AT&T employee at the Christiana Mall in Delaware reported to authorities that a customer had child pornography on his cell phone. The employee had been transferring data from the man’s Blackberry to his new iPhone and discovered the images including one of a young girl being raped. Police found additional child pornography on the man’s laptop. The suspect admitted that the images were his.
You can read more about these heroes in the articles below:
Last week U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) held a hearing in Washington, D.C. to hear from experts and victims about the mishandling of rape cases. The hearing also addressed the FBI's antiquated definition of rape and how the system of collecting data on incidents of rape is outdated. Below are news stories and press releases covering this story:
Feds undercounting rape victims, advocates warn
Pennsylvania is one of two states that doesn't allow for them to testify, but many say doing so could help jury members understand the behavior of the victims.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
BY ASHLEY MANNINGS
For The Patriot-News
Kate Rush Cook believes that if an expert in what a sexual assault victim goes through was allowed to testify at her trial, the man who was acquitted of raping her would not have been turned loose.
"I was victimized once by my rapist and then subsequently by the court system," said Cook, of York County.
Pennsylvania is one of only two states that does not allow expert testimony in sexual assault cases, which many claim could help jury members better understand the behavior of the victims. Minnesota is the other.
Rep. Cherelle Parker, D-Philadelphia, is sponsoring a bill that would allow a qualified expert to testify regarding symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and any recognized and accepted victim behavior in sexual assault cases.
Seventeen years ago, Cook was kidnapped, terrorized, robbed and raped. She reported the crime amid tears and hysteria, but it wasn't until her trial that she realized she was not prepared for what she would have to endure.
For example, she was asked questions such as where she bought her underwear and what color they were.
Sexual assault is the only crime in which the victim is continually scrutinized and questioned, said Jennifer Storm, executive director of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program.
During Cook's trial, it became clear that not only did she have to recall the painful memories that occurred that day, but she had to defend herself against myths and stereotypes the jurors had about rape victims.
"While my rapist was on trial, I was made to feel as if I had to prove my innocence," she said.