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Two Year Window For Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Advances In PA House

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HARRISBURG (AP) – The PA House is advancing a proposal to give victims of child sexual abuse a two-year window to sue over allegations that would otherwise be too old to pursue. The chamber voted 171 to 23 to adopt a recommendation contained in last month’s grand jury report that found hundreds of Roman Catholic priests had victimized children over decades. The bill will also give victims more time to file lawsuits, limited under current law to until the victim turns 30, and eliminate all time limits for criminal prosecutions in such cases going forward. Opponents argue that retroactive changes to the statute of limitations violate the state constitution. A final House vote could occur today, and if it passes it’ll go back to the state Senate. Victims and advocates rallied in Harrisburg for the reforms recommended by the grand jury.

 

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