October Monday Night Meet Up
September Monday Night Meet Up
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August Monday Night Meet Up
Proposed changes to PA sentencing guidelines
📢 ❗️ Sex trafficking happens in Pennsylvania.
👉 You can be a part of 🚫ending sex trafficking by learning more about what it looks like, common myths, and available resources. Follow our campaign page at Trafficking Happens.
More at https://linktr.ee/traffickinghappenspa.
💙 OVA applauds the courageous survivors who share their story in order to educate and help victims and allies.
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Monday night meet up: Gun Violence Prevention
Monday night meet up: June
April Monthly Monday Night Meet Up
DV Awareness and Address Confidentiality
OVA kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness month with the first in a series of FB Live events!
Listen in while we discuss the varying aspects of intimate partner violence – emotional, physical, financial, etc – and learn how OVA’s Address Confidentiality Program can aid those leaving abusive situations.
Stay tuned throughout the month while we announce more Live discussions.
Due to COVID-19 and the state still being in shutdown, we are bringing you our annual National Crime Victims' Rights Rally virtually. Please enjoy and feel free to share on your pages.
Thank you Crime Victims Alliance of Pennsylvania & Marsy's Law for Pennsylvania for helping.
Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm joined members of the House today to discuss a package of bills aimed at building on the progress of Act 105 and 130 to combat human trafficking in the Commonwealth.
“In order to craft a trauma informed justice system -
· We must consider the weight of crime and the effect on victims and communities. Reclassifying the trafficking of infants to a first degree felony – that is an appropriate weight.
· We must consider the burden on our victims when they come forward to testify and combat their traffickers with the truth. Barring a victim’s past from being used against them in court and allowing other expert testimony to underscore the suffering endured – that is a more trauma informed system.
· We must consider, too, the justice system that we place offenders into and provide our state partners the ability to rehabilitate and restore communities whenever possible. Counseling programs for incarcerated sex offenders is a no-brainer; consideration of human trafficking convictions when establishing child custody, not only protects families, but also provides a better chance of success for offenders when within our society.
January is Human Trafficking Month and, while we all stand here wearing blue to create awareness, we must realize that this awareness and vigilance is needed every day,” remarked Storm.
You’ve got questions about providing statute of limitations testimony. We hear ya! We sat down with PA Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm to answer some of those questions.
> OVA is asking all time-barred survivors to submit their thoughts to better shape the overall testimony provided to the Senate on Oct 2.
>Your testimony is submitted using a guided form available at the bottom of this page: https://www.ova.pa.gov/Services/StatuteofLimitations/Pages/default.aspx.
>It can be submitted anonymously or with your name.
>Victim Assistance Coordinators at OVA are available Mon – Fri (8am – 4:45pm) to take your testimony over the phone, if you prefer.
>Having trouble with the online form? Try a different web browser or call us to give your testimony over the phone instead.
Read more about SOL in PA here:https://www.ova.pa.gov/Features/Documents/Key%20Issues/Position%20Paper%20SOL.pdf
Read more about providing testimony here: https://www.ova.pa.gov/Services/StatuteofLimitations/Pages/default.aspx
Survivor Stand Up at the Capitol on October 24. Calling the Senate back to vote on SB261 statute of limitations reform for child sexual abuse!
The Office of Victim Advocate applauds the courageous survivors of abuse from Bill Cosby. These are some of their powerful stories: Lise-lotte Lublin.