Right to Know Law changes pass PA House to benefit victims of sexual harassment and abuse

20 March 2024- An initiative to amend Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law passed the state House Wednesday according to its author Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover).

Klunk’s amendment would protect victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault from their name being disclosed in a settlement agreement with a public entity during the right-to-know process. Under current state law, a victim’s name must be disclosed unless it is explicitly prohibited via a court order.

“With this update to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, we have a chance to right a wrong affecting sexual harassment and assault victims,” said Klunk. “Disclosing a victim’s name through the right-to-know process jeopardizes their safety and their privacy; this is absolutely unacceptable.

“Exempting sensitive records from public access is an important feature of Right to Know Law, and we need further protection for victims. I am encouraged my initiative received unanimous support from both sides of the aisle, and I hope the measure advances swiftly to the governor’s desk for signature into law.”

To listen to Klunk’s comments on the amendment, please click here.

Questions about this initiative or any other state-related issue can be directed to Klunk’s office at 717-630-8942.