PA State officials building stricter sexual assault laws

July 2, 2012 in Ramblings

This article is from a PA newspaper, The Times Herald. I read this article with great hope.

http://www.timesherald.com/article/20120624/NEWS01/120629731/state-officials-works-towards-stricter-sexual-assault-laws

If these bills pass, it would afford me (and my brother) the opportunity to prosecute the pedophile that repeatedly abused us. In my case, the abuse was so severe that it is classified as second degree felonies.
Still trying to get my head around this possibility. I am so hopeful that these bills will pass. We never received justice and this pedophile went on to hurt many other children. He was never charged in ANY of the molestations.

It would mean the world to me to see a juror stand and say “guilty”. He would be placed on a sexual predator list so future communities could have at least *some* measure of protection. I will keep all of you posted on the progress of the bill.

EDIT: I SPOKE TO BILL WHITE, A JOURNALIST AND FRIEND FROM THE ALLENTOWN, PA PAPER “THE MORNING CALL”. AS IT HAPPENS, THE COMMITTEE THREW OUT THE “TWO YEAR WINDOW”. THIS WINDOW WAS DESIGNED SO ALL SURVIVORS COULD STEP FORWARD AND NAME THEIR ABUSERS…REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH TIME HAS PASSED. SO…PAINFULLY, THERE IS STILL NO JUSTICE FOR ME OR MY LITTLE BROTHER. BE ASSURED THAT THE PAIN FROM THIS WILL BE A POSITIVE FUEL FOR THE FIRE THAT BURNS WITHIN ME. I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR OTHER KIDS AND MAKE SURE THEY RECEIVE *JUSTICE*.

Here is the full article by TONY FIORIGLIO:

HARRISBURG — In the wake of the Sandusky trial that rocked Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, state legislators have begun working to further protect children from abuse and to ensure full punishment for the abusers.
According to a statement released by the office of Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151st Dist.), the representative has backed a series of bills that would help bring sexual predators to justice. H.B. 832 would eliminate any statute of limitations in cases of sex crimes being committed against minors, which would allow alleged abusers to be tried no matter how much time has passed. H.B. 878 would extend the statute of limitations for victims who wish to pursue civil actions against their abusers. Pennsylvania currently allows civil action to be taken until the victim turns 30. The proposed bill would move the cut-off to 50. H.B. 2488 combines the two previous bills. “We cannot allow sexual predators to avoid criminal punishment and civil liability by riding out the clock and hiding behind the statute of limitations,” Stephens said in the statement. “These bills are critical in ensuring child victims of sex crimes receive the justice they deserve and that the offenders are held accountable for their actions.” All three bills have passed through the House Judiciary Committee and now move to the House of Representatives.

In addition to the previous bills, Stephens also came out in support of H.B. 1264, which would allow expert testimony to be given at child abuse cases that would help explain why the victims may wait years before coming forward with charges. “It is not uncommon for young victims to bury the crime as a means of psychological self-defense,” said Stephens in a statement. “Expert testimony as to why there would be a delay between the crime and the reporting of it will prove immeasurably helpful to jurors as they seek the truth in these difficult cases.” This bill awaits Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature to become law.

Departure on Easter Sunday, April 8th

April 9, 2012 in Ramblings

I have been working around the clock (16 – 19 hours a day!) for the past couple weeks with the goal of leaving on Easter Sunday. Symbolically, it was very important for me to depart on Easter. I have a wonderful team of friends around me and all of us were working like mad men trying to have everything prepped for  the April 8th send-off.

Unfortunately, it was all hinging on the completion of a single-wheel trailer to haul all of my gear. My friends Don and Ronny were with me every step of the way on the trailer build. They are both brilliant guys…problem was that we had to go from drawings to finished product in less than two weeks!! We need another day or so to complete the build so I missed the Easter Sunday send-off. No matter because none of this is carved in stone. This is a journey unfolding before me and there is a lot of unknowns.

We are working towards Wednesday April 10th as the departure date.

Every time I pause and think about any aspect of this journey, it strikes me as miraculous. I feel so incredibly blessed to have such a life-changing opportunity. I hope that everyone involved and everyone following this feels the miraculous nature of this journey.

I absolutely cannot do this alone. I need the world behind me on this. I am counting on the inherent goodness of people to be able to complete this journey…and so far the generosity, support, and kindness of people has greatly exceeded my expectations and I’ve not even started the engine yet.

Ronnie Ninski

April 1, 2012 in Sponsor

Ronnie Ninski

Ronnie Ninski
Master Wizard Fabricator!

There’s nothing this guy can’t build. Period. The single-wheel trailer we are building for my journey is 100% custom fab work. This is essentially a one-off prototype that had to go from the drawing board to completed project in two weeks! This would have made a great episode on any of the motorcycle fab reality shows.
Ronny has been working with me round-the-clock to complete the trailer for my journey. There were several times we were cresting 20 hour work days with no breaks and Ronny was right there beside me. He works really hard at his day job, then meets up with me to work into the wee hours of the morning. Ronny volunteered weeks of his free time to help me. Thank you so much Ronny! I appreciate every second of your hard work and dedication to this journey!