Capitol rally supports past victims of child sexual abuse

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 8, 2017 7:54 AM

(Harrisburg) -- As the state House prepares to vote on a measure to extend the statute of limitations for crimes of child sexual abuse, supporters of a measure to give past victims a day in court rallied at the state capitol. 

 A House committee has advanced Senate legislation that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sex abuse and allow victims to bring a civil case until age 50.

A similar bill failed to pass the legislature in the last session because the two chambers couldn't agree on the constitutionality of a clause to retroactively give past victims a chance at a civil suit.

Representative Mark Rozzi, himself a victim of abuse, says he wants to make one thing clear.

"Any bill that passes without a retroactive provision for past victims of childhood sexual abuse is a raw deal," he said.

Rozzi has introduced a bill he calls the "real deal" that would open up a two-year window for past victims to bring a civil suit. It's been stuck in committee since February. 

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