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Child Advocacy

Victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault often suffer lifelong injuries. Many victims of sexual abuse suffer from a variety of illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety. Oftentimes, victims of sexual assault manifest their symptoms in other ways as well, including, but not limited to, inability to hold down steady employment, drug abuse, interpersonal conflicts, commission of criminal offenses, and difficulty in maintaining a long-term relationship.

We are experienced in handling a wide variety of sexual abuse cases, including priest sexual abuse cases, sexual harassment, inappropriate touching and fondling, unlawful restraint, negligent hiring, supervision and retention, and invasion of privacy.

Attorney Jason Kutulakis has lectured at the Pennsylvania State University and other venues across Pennsylvania on child welfare and juvenile law. In 2004, he formed the non-profit organization "The Pennsylvania Children and Youth Solicitors' Association." Jason has served as the Solicitor from 1999-2010 and successfully represented victims of child abuse before Department of Public Welfare, state and federal courts that include 1983 and Title IX actions. In 2006, The Pennsylvania Bar Association's Children's Rights Committee awarded Jason with The Child Advocate of the Year Award.

Jason is an active faculty member for ChildFirst Pennsylvania. ChildFirst is the forensic interview training program of the National Child Protection Training Center currently in partnership with CornerHouse, a child abuse training facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's purpose since 2003, is to assist states in developing certified forensic interview training programs in cases of child abuse and to assist those participants and interviewers in defending their interviews and work product in court. This program is specifically designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protective attorneys, and mandated reporters of abuse who must provide investigating professionals with essential information. This program, ChildFirst, Brings the field into the classroom to enhance the education of front-line child abuse professionals.

Jason currently serves as member on the Governor's Task Force on Child Protection in Pennsylvania. On November 27, 2012, the Governor's Task Force on Child Protection released its report suggesting changes for Pennsylvania Child Abuse Laws.

View the CHILD PROTECTION IN PENNSYLVANIA: PROPOSED RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT OF THE TASK FORCE ON CHILD PROTECTION (Released 11/27/12)