PA House and Senate Pass Sexual Abuse Legislation

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November 21, 2019 - 4:52 pm
Pa  Passes Child Abuse Bills

A bill to provide more time to file charges or lawsuits over sexual abuse is on its way to Governor Tom Wolf along with legislation to invalidate confidentiality agreements that aim to keep child sexual abuse victims from talking to investigators.

The House passed the statute-of-limitations bill by a 182-to-5 vote earlier today, capping a debate propelled by last year's landmark grand jury report into child molestation by Roman Catholic priests.

Wolf says he'll sign the bills and companion legislation clarifying penalties for mandated reporters who don't report suspected child abuse.

A proposed state constitutional amendment to give now-adult victims of child sexual abuse a new opportunity to sue abusers and institutions has passed both chambers but must do so again in the 2021-22 session.


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