FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2012
Bellefonte, PA: We are disappointed in today's ruling by the Centre County (PA) Court, denying our Amicus Curiae Brief to Quash Discovery Subpoenas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Gerald A. Sandusky case. The determination denies victims a voice in the decision about disclosure of information in the case.
It is especially difficult for victims of child sexual abuse to come forward to report the crime, and we need to ensure they are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect when they do so. The Pennsylvania Crime Victim Act assures that victims' rights are protected to the same extent as those of criminal defendants.
We are hopeful that the Court will review in camera documents produced under subpoena to ensure that only truly relevant information will be disclosed and that victims' rights are protected.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation's struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives. For more information, visit www.ncvc.org