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With Penn State football program in Madison Saturday, “Child Victims Act” to be introduced

November 21, 2011

November 21, 2011

Victim/survivors to join lawmakers, law enforcement, advocates and others Tuesday, Nov 22, in Madison to support reform legislation

CONTACT: John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director, 414.336.8575

Victim/survivors of childhood sexual assault and violence, including survivors of clergy sexual abuse, will be joining Senator Julie Lassa (D-Sevens Point) and Representative Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay), along with advocates, law enforcement and others to support the introduction of the Wisconsin Child Victims Act, bi-partisan legislation that will reform Wisconsin’s child sex abuse laws. Among the clergy sexual abuse survivors in attendance will be former students of St. John’s School for the Deaf, operated by the Milwaukee archdiocese, who were sexually molested by Fr. Lawrence Murphy. Murphy, in a case which has received international notoriety sexually assaulted at least 200 deaf children at the school.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our Wisconsin website is


For Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Legislators Announce Introduction of “Child Victims Act”

Bi-Partisan Legislation Will Remove Civil Statute of Limitations in Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases

Madison… With the Penn State Football Program in state this weekend, State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) and State Representative Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) today announced that they will be introducing the bi-partisan “Child Victims Act”. The bills will bring crucial reforms to the state’s statute of limitations on civil suits in sexual assault cases involving children, and would help prevent the serial child abuse that happened at Penn State. The lawmakers modeled their proposal after successful legislation in several states that now hold offenders financially accountable for their brutal crimes regardless of when those crimes were committed.

In addition to Sen. Lassa and Rep. Pasch, the press conference will feature victims of child sexual abuse, as we all representatives of organizations that advocate for assault victims.

“Child Victims Act” Press Conference

Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Place: State Capitol, Senate Parlor

The lawmakers invite any state media affiliates or public citizens interested in learning more about the “Child Victims Act” to attend the press conference. If you should have any further questions on the legislation or the press conference, please feel free to contact Sen. Lassa at 608-266-3123 or Rep. Pasch at 608-266-7671

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