Advocates push for statute of limitations reform as grand jury report looms

BY JACK EBLE, JUNE 12, 2018, FOX43 News

HARRISBURG, P.A. --- Survivors of childhood sexual abuse and advocated rallied Tuesday, pushing for reforms of the commonwealth statute of limitation rules.

Currently in Pennsylvania, someone who was sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday has until they're 30-years old to file a civil suit.

The age limit for a person to bring forward a criminal case is 50-years old.

House Bill 612 proposes to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations while providing a two-year window of opportunity for anyone seeking a civil lawsuit after exceeding the age limit, with the burden of proof going on the accuser.

A House Bill 612 co-sponsor, Representative Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) says he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a teenager.

While he says childhood sexual abuse can happen anywhere, a looming grand jury report puts the Catholic church  . . .

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