As parents, there is nothing more important than insuring that our children are healthy and safe. This responsibility is taken so seriously that our government has departments that oversee and investigate accusations and reports of child abuse and neglect. Over the past couple years, the state of Pennsylvania has seen a lot of changes in the laws involving child safety. However, how do we know if the new procedures put in place are really effective?
Evidence has been uncovered exposing the lengths to which the leadership of Jehovah's Witness has gone to cover-up allegations of child abuse within their church. Please read this article detailing some of the hardships imposed on victims of child abuse because of these institutional practices:
Soloff and Zervanos supports the efforts being undertaken in Harrisburg to improve the protection of children from sexual abuse. The package of bills being prepared by Pennsylvania legislators include steps to redefine the legal definition of child abuse so that it encompasses more acts of injustice and exploitation previously not considered as child abuse. This will lead to increased prosecution of these crimes. To read further about this and the additional legal improvements in child protection being sought by our legislators please check out this recent article from Penn Live.