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  • I just found out that my teenage daughter had sexual contact with her coach at a private school in Pennsylvania. What should I do? (March 8, 2017) There are widespread reports of sexual misconduct by school employees across Pennsylvania. Teachers, coaches and assistants often engage in inappropriate behavior with students, young and old. In some cases, sexual assault can occur. What should parents do if they discover that their child has had such contact with a school employee?
  • My daughter was sexually assaulted at a school in Pennsylvania. What are her legal rights? (May 2, 2015) Sexual violence is a serious problem in this country, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Over the past few years, there have been multiple, high profile cases of both student-on-student assault and teacher-on-student assault just in Pennsylvania alone. Students’ Legal Rights for School-Related Assaults & Abuse in Pennsylvania Your daughter has legal rights in both the criminal and ...
  • 2 PA & NJ Teachers Accused of Sexually Abusing Students (2014) – What’s Going On?! (October 9, 2014) The recent news involving teachers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is quite alarming. Late last month, two teachers were charged with sex offenses related to students; one in Pennsylvania and the other in New Jersey. For legal info about school-teacher sexual abuse and assault, visit our law library. Pennsylvania Middle School Teacher Arrested for Having Sex with ...
  • My son was accidentally shot by a friend in Philadelphia. What are his legal rights? (September 18, 2014) Answer: Under Pennsylvania law, victims in Philadelphia shooting cases are entitled to pursue legal action in both the criminal and civil courts. This is something that no one sits down and ever explains to a shooting victim and their family. In addition, these two cases are totally independent of each other. In general, the outcome ...
  • Pennsylvania Civil Sex Abuse Law: Should you file a civil lawsuit? (July 23, 2014) What should victims of sex abuse know about filing a civil lawsuit? Question: What should victims of sex abuse know about filing a civil lawsuit in Pennsylvania? Answer: Sex abuse and assault is a stain on society that leave long lasting marks. Some victims of sex abuse or assault never recover at all. Many become addicted to ...

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PA & NJ Crime Victim Injury Resources

Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services

The Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services is an office of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  The website provides PA crime victims, including those sexually abused, with information about their rights and about the criminal and juvenile justice systems.  The site also provides information about how victims can get help through counseling and services.  Click here to visit the PA Office of Victim Services.

Pennsylvania’s Victims Compensation Assistance Program

The Victims Compensation Assistance Program helps victims and their families through the aftermath of a crime and provides financial compensation.  Victims may be reimbursed for the following:

  • medical expenses
  • counseling
  • loss of earnings
  • loss of support
  • funeral costs
  • travel costs
  • childcare
  • stolen cash
  • relocation
  • crime scene cleanup
  • other costs

Click here for more information about the Victims Compensation Assistance Program or call 800-233-2339.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

PCAR was founded in 1975, and it offers services and resources for sex abuse victims, their loved ones and their families.  PCAR also works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims.  PCAR partners with rape crisis programs throughout Pennsylvania to bring help, hope and healing around issues of sexual violence.

Website: www.pcar.org
Phone: 888-772-7227

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) offers help for victims of priest sex abuse. SNAP’s website provides resources and information for those sexually abused by the clergy.  SNAP has support groups throughout the country, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Pennsylvania New Jersey
Philadelphia
Contact: Karen Polesir
Phone: 267-992-9463
Email: karenpolesir@yahoo.com
New Jersey Regional Office
Contact: Mark Crawford, Director NJ
Phone: 732-632-7687
Email: mecrawf@comcast.net
Pittsburgh
Contact: Frances Unglo – Samber
Phone: 717-514-9660
Email:  samber13431@comcast.net
Central Jersey
Contact: Mark Crawford
Phone: 732-632-7687
Email: mecrawf@comcast.net
Allentown
Contact: Juliann Bortz
Phone: 610-217-3118
Email: juliannbortz@yahoo.com
South Jersey
Contact: Barbara Polesir, Director
Phone: 609-636-0226
Email: barbarapolesir@comcast.net
Central Pennsylvania
Contact: Barbara Dorris
Phone: 314-503-0003
Email: bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

For other SNAP support groups throughout the country, visit www.snapnetwork.org or call 800-762-7432.

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is the statewide advocacy and capacity building organization that represents the rape crisis centers in 21 NJ counties and the Rutgers University Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. NJCASA advocates for survivors, and its mission is to promote the compassionate and just treatment of survivors and their families. Each county in New Jersey has at least one agency dedicated to helping victims of crime.

Website: www.njcasa.org
Phone: 800-601-7200

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