Gov. Wolf Announces More Support for Victims of Sexual Assault SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 11, 2020 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 [email protected] more about the claim process.
The McClimon curse continued on Wednesday night as the Wisconsin men’s soccer team lost a late stunner to Marquette and moved to 0-6 at home in front of a crowd of 803.The annual I-94 rivalry brought out divided stands as the cheers appeared to be split between the Badgers and visitors from Milwaukee.Coming into the game, the Badgers (2-8-1) had just grabbed an impressive tie against Big Ten opponent Michigan and returned to Madison to try and snag two home victories before going on a two week away stretch.The loss gives the team only three more opportunities to win at home this season.The first half was a toss up between the two teams with relatively few real opportunities presenting themselves, even though the teams recorded a combined 20 shots. The best opportunity for a goal in the half and probably the game for the Badgers came in the 37th minute off a routine shot by Tom Barlow that careened off the post. The Golden Eagles (4-4-2) essentially controlled the half, but the lack of a score left the game up for grabs going into the second half.Despite the final score, the Badgers dominated the second half. The young team controlled the tempo and possession for much of the half and it looked that if anyone would score in the match, it would be Wisconsin. The two teams remained knotted at 0-0 until a tap in from Marquette forward Kelmend Islami off a long cross in the 77th minute secured the victory for the Golden Eagles.The Badgers would have one more attempt from defenseman Sam Brotherton that beat the keeper but hit the post, adding more pain to another loss.“I compliment Marquette by making the play to win, but there were too many mistakes by us,” UW head coach John Trask said. “Guys have to take accountability at this point. It’s not about growing up, guys need to harden up.”Trask also said that while an in-state rival is always an important game to play at home, the team is jockeying for position in the Big Ten right now and the improvements in the defense are promising. The Badgers defense had their hands full with one of the nation’s best forwards in Nortey, and Trask said that he was confident in their ability to shut him down.“You can’t sugar coat it any more with these guys,” Trask said. “You have to have to be a little more poignant and we are moving in that direction. I always count on these guys to bounce back and I think they will.”Next up, Wisconsin hosts Big Ten opponent Michigan State at McClimon on Saturday at 7 p.m.
WITH FIVE-STAR bankers such as SUPERLUMINAL and DREAMLINER having obliged at Caymanas Park last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught and start anew tomorrow with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. The first Super-6 will embrace race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11 on the well-supported programme, and the Pick-9 from race three to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1100 metres for four-year-olds and up (non winners of three) to be contested by eight starters, including JESSE’S FAVORITE and VIJEETA, second and third, respectively, to ARIZONAGOLD in a fast-run 1200-metre race recently. The then favourite, VIJEETA, who had won her previous race in fine style some weeks ago, hurt her chances by missing the break as JESSE’S FAVORITE enjoyed a clear lead into the straight before giving way to ARIZONAGOLD. VIJEETA finished 51/2 lengths third and although the speedy JESSE’S FAVORITE will be more effective over this shorter trip, the War Marshall – Winning Spirit offspring, with promising claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger riding for trainer Oneil Markland, should turn the tables from a clear break as she strikes me as the better horse. The second race, again over 1100 metres, should see the quartet of MAN IN BLUE, MAMETA, KING WITHIN, and and the sparingly raced VESPERS in contention where it matters. The best of the eight starters must be MAN IN BLUE, a disappointing favourite when finishing fourth to DASH BOARD recently, but had previously finished third to VIJEETA over 1200 metres on August 28. Champion jockey Shane Ellis will ride the four-year-old colt for trainer Andrew McDonald in an eight-horse field. EIGHT HORSES CONTESTING Eight horses will again contest the third race for $250,000- $210,000 claimers over 1820 metres, and here, the choice has to be the profound course specialist, ABOVE THE RADAR, to be ridden by his favourite jockey Aaron Chatrie. ABOVE THE RADAR won back-to-back races over the distance in midsummer and reporting that much fitter after finishing third to out-of-class MEGATRON over 1500 metres recently, should prove too strong for CHIEF PROSPECT and Saturday’s scorer QUEEN OF THE TOWN with the trip now right. Next on the programme is a three-year-old maiden special (conditional) over 1400 metres for horses who have not earned $120,000 since May 24. Topline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes holds a strong hand in the 14-strong field, with LEIGHTON REID (Ellis up) and JASON’S GOLD (apprentice Linton Steadman up) both working well in preparation for this race. Either could win a race of this nature, but my preference is for the Gary Griffiths-trained CONCLUSION (tongue tie off), who finished a close second to WONDER GIRL over 1300 metres as a 99-1 outsider some months ago. Griffiths has called up Chatrie for the ride and the hint should be taken. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by DUSSELDORF (Pottinger up, distance now ideal) and the Michael Marlowe-trained LEEKOUT (ready now) with Ellis riding in the sixth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) VIJEETA/ JESSE’S FAVORITE (2) MAN IN BLUE/VESPERS (3) ABOVE THE RADAR (4) CONCLUSION/LEIGHTON REID (5) DUSSELDORF/FLYING MACHINE (6) LEEKOUT