[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Cloudy
Cloudy
64°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
October 19
1945 - Acton Hotel, est. 1890, burns down; arson is suspected [story]


Fran Pavley

Fran Pavley

[Sen. Pavley] – State Sen. Fran Pavley announced her intent Tuesday to introduce legislation to help protect developmentally disabled victims of sex crimes in California’s state developmental centers and state hospitals.

Pavley, whose senate district includes about half of the Santa Clarita Valley, is working with Disability Rights California, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), The Arc of California and United Cerebral Palsy to introduce legislation to require that sexual abuse victims within the state developmental centers and state psychiatric hospitals receive timely forensic medical examinations.

“We must put an end to the repeated sexual abuse of men and women with developmental disabilities,” says Pavley, “Residents of large institutions, like developmental centers and state hospitals, are particularly vulnerable because their isolation and reliance on staff.”

A recent report by California Watch found 36 accusations of molestation and rape of residents by caretakers in the last four years at California’s state institutions for the developmentally disabled. However, the Office of Protective Services, the police force at California’s five developmental centers, failed to order a single rape exam during three of the four years.

At most other police departments, use of a “rape kit” by trained forensic examiners for alleged sexual assault victims is considered routine in order to collect evidence for prosecution. Without physical evidence, it can be nearly impossible to solve sex crimes. This is especially true when the victims are people with severe communication and/or intellectual disabilities, who may have difficulty providing testimony or identifying perpetrators.

“We applaud Senator Pavley’s leadership in introducing legislation to protect men and women with developmental disabilities in these institutions,” says Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director of CALCASA.  “We must mandate effective policies and protocols for vulnerable populations to ensure all individuals are safe and free from sexual violence.”

“We are pleased that Senator Pavley is looking into this serious issue,” says Leslie Morrison, Director of Investigations for Disability Rights California. “Residents of our state institutions are among the most vulnerable and isolated from society.  This intended legislation is a move toward transparency in our developmental centers and state hospitals by getting residents access to forensic medical exams by outside investigators.”

According to California Watch, it is estimated that 80 percent of women with developmental disabilities have been sexually abused at some point in their lives, many of them repeatedly.  In one recent case, a Development Center patient who had previously reported sexual abuse became pregnant and gave birth, but police inaction allowed the alleged perpetrator to disappear.

Pavley has been a consistent advocate for the developmentally disabled community, and has authored a wide variety of bills related to disability services. This includes including co-authoring last year’s SB 946, which requires health plans and health insurance policies to cover behavioral health therapy for individuals with pervasive developmental disorders or autism.

In October, The Arc California and United Cerebral Palsy named Sen. Pavley their Legislator of the Year for 2012. Her work on behalf of the developmentally disabled community goes back to her time in the Assembly, when she worked to protect funding for programs for the developmentally disabled and carried legislation to improve autism instruction in California’s public schools.

Pavley has also carried several measures to increase penalties for sex crimes. This includes SB 179 in 2011, which increases close supervision periods of offenders classified as sexually violent predators (SVPs) by mandating that they serve all of their required parole upon release.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    SCV NewsBreak
    Loading...
    LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
    Thursday, Oct 19, 2017
    County, City Officials Reflect on 10-Year Anniversary of Buckweed Fires
    The upcoming 10-year anniversary of the Buckweed Fires offers Santa Clarita residents a reminder of the ever-present fire danger in Los Angeles County, as blazes ravage the northern half of the state, as well.
    Thursday, Oct 19, 2017
    Nov. 18: Holiday Marketplace Benefiting John Phippen Family
    Dreamation Craft Guild will be hosting a boutique at Canyon High School, Nov. 18, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to benefit the family of John Phippen, the Santa Clarita resident who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting.
    Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
    Woman Charged with Manslaughter, DUI in Death of Mother of 6
    Alexia Cina of Canyon Country was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of a mother of six children in a head-on crash on Golden Valley Road on October 6.
    Keep Up With Our Facebook

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    In a battle for Western State Conference, East Division supremacy, it was College of the Canyons that came out on top Tuesday night, as the Cougars scored two second half goals to secure a 2-0 win against visiting Antelope Valley College. Justine Hoeft and Jennifer Roney collected goals for the Cougars (11-2, 2-0).
    COC Secures Win Against AVC With Two Second-Half Goals
    The upcoming 10-year anniversary of the Buckweed Fires offers Santa Clarita residents a reminder of the ever-present fire danger in Los Angeles County, as blazes ravage the northern half of the state, as well.
    County, City Officials Reflect on 10-Year Anniversary of Buckweed Fires
    Dreamation Craft Guild will be hosting a boutique at Canyon High School, Nov. 18, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to benefit the family of John Phippen, the Santa Clarita resident who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting.
    Nov. 18: Holiday Marketplace Benefiting John Phippen Family
    1945 - Acton Hotel, est. 1890, burns down; arson is suspected [story]
    The fall 2017 Star Party at College of the Canyons' Canyon Country campus on Friday, Oct. 27 will focus on the pathways to space exploration that exist for star-gazers who are captivated by the many mysteries of the universe.
    Oct. 27: Star Party at COC Canyon Country Campus
    Determined to transform the deeply troubled Los Angeles County Probation Department, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to consider an independent entity that would provide guidance, oversight and accountability.
    Supes Consider Entity for Probation Reform Guidance, Oversight, Accountability
    Alexia Cina of Canyon Country was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of a mother of six children in a head-on crash on Golden Valley Road on October 6.
    Woman Charged with Manslaughter, DUI in Death of Mother of 6
    The 22nd annual Santa Clarita Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, November 5, 2017, following the Santa Clarita Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday.
    Nov. 4-5: 22nd Annual Santa Clarita Marathon Events
    The Los Angeles Dodgers jumped to a 3-0 lead in the best of seven series following Tuesday night’s 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field.
    Dodgers Out to Sweep Cubs in NLCS Game 4
    The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's 2017 Medal of Valor Awards were held Tuesday in Los Angeles, and SCV Sheriff's Station Deputy Dmitry Barkon was recognized for his bravery and heroic actions.
    SCV Sheriff’s Deputy Dmitry Barkon Earns Medal of Valor
    Now is the time for all good college-bound high school seniors to join the 'Race to Submit' applications for FAFSA and CADAA grants to help cover college expenses.
    High School Seniors: ‘Race to Submit’ is on for 2018 College Financial Aid
    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies interrupted a smash-and-grab burglary on The Old Road early Friday morning, arresting one suspect and seeking two alleged accomplices still at large.
    SCV Deputies Catch Window-Smash Burglars in the Act
    Pukúu Cultural Community Services, founded in 1971 by members of the local Fernandeno-Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, will host its 13th Annual scholarship gala fundraiser, "Night with the Stars," in Sunland on Saturday, November 4 starting at 6 p.m.
    Nov. 4: Local Tribe Honors 3, Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
    California's Attorney General today filed a motion to compel the federal government to follow the law and pay the subsidies that millions of Americans rely on to lower the out-of-pocket costs in their insurance plans.
    California AG Fights to Keep ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies
    Santa Clarita business owners are encouraged to take the city's broadband feasibility study online survey and participate in the next phase of the study -- in-person focus groups scheduled for October 30.
    Oct. 30: Focus Groups in Next Phase of City Broadband Study
    The $17 billion "California WaterFix" project reached a tipping point Tuesday after a Silicon Valley water district voted against Gov. Jerry Brown’s approach in favor of a less expensive, scaled-back version.
    Silicon Valley Water Board Wants Delta Tunnels Downsized
    Maryama, a band led by CalArts alumna Maryama Mirbagheri (Music MFA 17), was recently nominated for a 2017 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the World Music category.
    Maryama Nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award
    The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in response to President Trump’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, has declared Oct. 16-20 "DACA Advocacy Week."
    California Community Colleges Ramp Up DACA Advocacy
    COC and the Hart District will host the 2017 College & Career Fair in the college’s Honor Grove on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.
    Oct. 21: 2017 College and Career Fair at COC
    The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will showcase the work of Los Angeles-based painter Sheldon Figoten in a one-person exhibition of new paintings, “Light Fields,” opening Saturday, Oct. 28.
    Oct. 28: Sheldon Figoten ‘Light Fields’ at COC Art Gallery
    The Santa Clarita Artists Association held its 28th Annual Art Classic fine arts competition at William S. Hart Park's Hart Hall in Newhall on October 14.
    Santa Clarita Artists Association Names Winners in 2017 Art Classic
    Here is the Castaic-Val Verde Crime Information & Public Safety report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for September 25 through October 1.
    Crime Blotter: Arson, Burglary, Theft in Castaic-Val Verde
    California and New Mexico launched a fresh challenge Tuesday against the Trump administration’s repeal of higher royalty payments to states for oil, gas and coal leases on public lands.
    California, New Mexico Challenge White House Favors to Oil, Gas, Coal
    Here is the Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3) Crime Information & Public Safety report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for the week of October 2 to October 8.
    Crime Blotter: Burglary, Petty Theft in Stevenson Ranch
    Here is the Canyon Country East (Zone 8) Crime Information and Public Safety report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for September 24 through October 8, 2017.
    Crime Blotter: Vehicle Theft, Burglary in Canyon Country East
    1876 - Southern Pacific begins subdividing town of Newhall (original location at Bouquet Junction) [story]
    CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP), the professional producing arm of California Institute of the Arts, opens Fantômas: Revenge of the Image at Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China, on Oct. 19.
    Oct. 19: CalArts’ Fantomas: Revenge of the Image Premieres in China
    The CSUN women's golf team fired rounds of 306-309 and is in fourth place, just eight shots off the pace at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Seattle University Invitational at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Tacoma, WA.
    CSUN Just Eight Shots Off Pace At Washington Invitational
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Recreation, Community Services, Arts and Open Spaces Director Rick Gould announces retirement. Plus, the Board of Supervisors approve mental health care improvements. Check out these stories and more tonight on SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    The Advanced Technology Presentation about "Careers in the Making...Design, Engineering, Fabrication and More..." in celebration of National Manufacturing Day was a huge success.
    SCV Students Gain Knowledge, Advice at National Manufacturing Day
    A local company is expanding its footprint in the Santa Clarita Valley to accommodate business growth and another is relocating a division of its company from Sylmar.
    Accurate Freight Systems Expands, Leases Space at IAC Commerce Center
    The Domestic Violence Center (DVC) of Santa Clarita Valley is accepting applications for Adopt-a-Family 2017.
    DVC of SCV Currently Accepting Adopt-a-Family 2017 Applications
    Major Impact Theater, founded by Jill Garson and Shawnda Davis in 2014, is a non-profit theater group that specially adapts plays for performance by adults with disabilities in the Santa Clarita Valley.
    Nov. 4: Major Impact Theater Presents Blunderland
    California State University, Northridge will make history on Thursday, Oct. 26, by becoming the first California State University with a Sustainability Center.
    Oct. 26: CSUN to Open Sustainability Center
    Registration for the Purple Walk of Strength is now open.
    Oct. 21: Purple Walk of Strength to Benefit Domestic Violence Center