Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, President Trump’s number one enemy in that state, is stepping down on Feb. 5th for her mishandling of a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Boockvar is infamous for her role in the 2020 election mess in Pennsylvania, but her resignation involves childhood sexual abuse victims and pedophiles rather than election fraud.
Boockvar’s departure from government stems from a failure to advertise the Pennsylvania legislature’s intention to amend the state constitution. According to the New York Post: “Pennsylvania law requires that proposed amendments pass the state legislature twice. The secretary of state’s office must publicize the proposed amendment in two newspapers in each of the state’s 67 counties ahead of the election between votes, which her office failed to do.”
Boockvar’s dereliction of duty harmed victims of childhood sexual abuse and gave the abusers of those victims a pass. The amendment would have enabled victims of childhood abuse to sue their abusers long after statutory limitations had expired. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the amendment would read:
An individual for whom a statutory limitations period has already expired shall have a period of two years from the time that this subsection becomes effective to commence an action arising from childhood sexual abuse, in such cases as provided by law at the time that this subsection becomes effective.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described Boockvar’s actions as a setback for victims, especially those who were abused by Catholic priests as children:
The omission is a stunning setback in an effort by victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and others to gain a window of time in which they could sue over abuse that happened years or decades ago, beyond what the current statute of limitations allows. The effort, building on grand jury reports in 2016 and 2018 on the long histories of abuse in Catholic dioceses around the state, would have enabled victims to sue dioceses or others deemed complicit in the abuse.
Stunning is right. Boockvar’s omission has delayed the justice, perhaps indefinitely, that these victims deserve. The extent of the abuse uncovered is astounding.
300 priests were accused of sexually abusing more than a thousand victims in six dioceses over the span of 70 years in the 2018 grand jury report accused 300 priests of sexual abuse across seven decades in six dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg. It followed a similar report in 2016 on a seventh diocese, Altoona-Johnstown.
Republican legislators are furious with Boockvar, claiming that she never cared about victims of childhood sexual abuse. Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman said that Republicans believed the only way to ensure justice for the victims was through a constitutional amendment, but Democrats politicized the issue, and Boockvar, through her inaction, sank the effort. Corman released a statement:
Senate Republican leaders were vilified and dragged through the mud for months when we were trying to create a real solution for victims that would withstand legal scrutiny instead of passing the measure as a bill. Now, as we see Secretary Boockvar fail to do even the simplest and most basic task to help Pennsylvanians who have been victimized, we see exactly how little this administration actually cared. It was never about people; it was always just about politics.”
Democrats that care more about politics than people. A leftist Secretary of State giving Catholic priest pedophiles a break…It sounds like a former San Francisco District Attorney who failed to prosecute Catholic priest pedophiles in her jurisdiction. A pattern is developing.