Gov. Wolf Announces More Support for Victims of Sexual Assault

first_imgGov. Wolf Announces More Support for Victims of Sexual Assault SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 11, 2020center_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Human Services,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Office of Victims’ Services in the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting sexual assault counseling claims for victims of sexual abuse. This claim process, which was enacted as part of Act 87 of 2019, covers the costs of therapy and counseling for victims of childhood and adult sexual abuse in the commonwealth.“With this new process, victims of one of the most unimaginable crimes have another means of receiving the support they deserve,” Gov. Wolf said. “My executive order for mental health support, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, emphasizes the need to remove barriers to mental health care and this monetary support for counseling services can help eliminate barriers to vital wellness care for sexual assault survivors.”The sexual assault counseling claim process is modeled after the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP), which also provides financial support to victims after a crime has occurred. Unlike standard VCAP claims, sexual assault victims seeking counseling services related to their abuse under this new claim process are not required to have reported the assault to police or other authorities to be eligible to receive these counseling benefits.Under the law, a direct victim of sexual abuse who at the time of the crime was 18 or older is potentially eligible for up to $5,000 in counseling services. A direct victim of sexual abuse who at the time of the crime was under 18 is potentially eligible for up to $10,000 in counseling services. Counseling services include mental health therapy performed by or under the supervision of a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed professional counselor, or licensed social worker.To be considered for an award under this claim process, a direct victim/claimant must first submit a completed Sexual Assault Counseling Claim form to PCCD’s VCAP unit. The form can be found online at PCCD’s website, by calling 1-800-233-2339 or emailing more about the claim process.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw back on the beam in win over Rockies

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Clayton Kershaw was halfway between the mound at Dodger Stadium and the home dugout when he tilted his head up, raised his left arm and shook a closed fist. There was relief. In the top of the first inning, Kershaw threw 33 pitches, nearly a third of his total workload Saturday night, loading the bases with one out. Then, the simmering drama between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies faded. The left-hander dropped an 89 mph slider to strike out Ian Desmond and fanned Trevor Story on three pitches. “You have to have that mindset where you can’t give in,” Kershaw said. “That’s the biggest thing. Old cliché, one pitch at a time, really holds true. You kind of forget about what happened, try to make that next pitch and just keep doing that until they take you out.” Kershaw ultimately looked in prime form in the Dodgers’ 4-0 victory over Colorado, as they pushed their winning streak to a season-high nine games. It is also their longest since 2013. Over six scoreless innings, Kershaw struck out eight batters, walked one and gave up four hits. And after loading the bases in the top of the first, he went on to retire 13 consecutive Rockies. The run ended with two outs in the top of the fifth when Chris Rusin knocked a two-strike curveball into right field. “Clayton obviously has a way of finding another gear, another level,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. His turnaround was quick. Roberts said he never seriously considered asking a relief pitcher to warm up in the bullpen during the top of the first. But after Kershaw walked Mark Reynolds to load the bases with one out, his pitch count had reached 26 pitches and Roberts admitted, “it starts to get a little dicey there.” It ended as an encouraging performance for the Dodgers’ ace. Five days earlier in the same ballpark, Kershaw surrendered six runs, including a career-high four home runs, in a 10-6 win against the New York Mets, underscoring a suddenly nagging issue. Less than halfway through this regular season, he had seen 17 of his pitches clear the outfield walls — already the most homers he had given up in any season since he debuted in 2008. Roberts sensed Kershaw was eager to rebound. “Every time he takes the mound he’s on edge,” Roberts said. “Tonight, I think there was even more, if that’s even possible.” Presented with Roberts’ comments, Kershaw said, “Obviously, I didn’t want to pitch bad again. That’s about it.” With a win Saturday, the Dodgers added to their lead atop the National League West standings. When the weekend began, the Dodgers led the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks by 1.5 games. After Saturday night, they were ahead of Arizona by 2.5 games and Colorado by 3.5 games. The Dodgers were positioned for the series sweep Sunday. The upstart Rockies split two of their previous series this season and took two out of three games in early April. Along with their nine-game winning streak, they have also won 15 of their last 16 games. “Seems like every night you find a different way to win, the confidence that you have coming to the field, like there’s no way you’re gonna lose,” Kershaw said. “That’s what it feels like. We come to the field pretty confident that we’re going to win the game.” A three-run third inning bolstered Kershaw’s effort Saturday, beginning with a leadoff home to straightaway center field by Joc Pederson, who turned on a first-pitch fastball. It continued a recent power surge. After Pederson’s solo blast, the Dodgers had homered in 16 consecutive games, the longest such streak in club history. A pair of runs followed. Yasmani Grandal singled on a hard-hit line drive to right field with one out, scoring Justin Turner from first base. Kershaw was walked with the bases loaded. He was the third straight batter Tyler Chatwood, the Rockies’ right-hander, walked. Chatwood, a Redlands native, struggled Saturday. In three and one-third innings, he allowed four earned runs and saw 11 batters reach base, eight of them by walks. It had been at least a decade since the Dodgers had been walked so many times in one game. Chatwood exited the game in the top of the fourth after Turner popped out. In the previous at-bat, he had walked Pederson The Dodgers scored their first run in the bottom of the second after an RBI single by Kike’ Herndandez brought in Logan Forsythe, who along with Yasiel Puig, had reached base by a walk. Hernandez was in the lineup at shortstop, replacing Corey Seager who remains day-to-day with a mild strain of his right hamstring. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more