- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—HARRISBURG — More victims of sexual violence will be notified if their attacker moves, takes a new job, or has other changes in his or her status as part of a new partnership announced Tuesday by state law enforcement officials and victim advocates.

Under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh law that was signed into law in 2011, the State Police is responsible for notifying victims when a sexually violent offender registers with its Megan’s Law unit or if the offender changes jobs or addresses.

As part of the new agreement, the state’s Office of Victim Advocate will have access to the state’s sex offender registration database. It will help identify victims and keep them apprised of an offender’s status throughout the legal process, said Commonwealth Victim Advocate Jennifer R. Storm.

“When they offered to assist with the notification process we were more than happy to cooperate,” said State Police Capt. Scott C. Price.

Storm said the partnership began in May and since that time, the office has contacted nearly 800 additional victims.

This partnership is funded through a one-year, $143,000 federal grant, officials said.

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