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Proposed relief for child sex abuse survivors won’t reach ballot in 2023

A measure that would give thousands of survivors a two-year window to seek monetary damages against their abusers is caught up in a politicized battle.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

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A lawsuit window for Pa. survivors of childhood sexual abuse could open as early as next May

State legislative leaders say they’ll take a procedural vote on the proposal early next year. 2023 primary voters would then get to weigh in.
By Sam Dunklau

If Pennsylvania senators don’t extend legal time limits for child sexual abuse cases, Gov. Tom Wolf said he’ll call a special session

House lawmakers green-lit a bill that would give survivors another two years to sue their alleged abusers, but it’s been languishing in the Senate.

By Sam Dunklau

Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse

Renee Rice sued in 2016, but the court majority said that was too late under the Pennsylvania statute of limitations.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: 2021-05-26 18:18:00

Probe finds no intentional act to derail sex-abuse vote

The Office of Inspector General’s report, released Wednesday, said agents interviewed 22 current and former state employees and reviewed the email accounts of nine state officials for any evidence of outside influence or intentional acts. Rather, it said, Wolf’s Department of State had no internal processes for constitutional amendments.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Sam Dunklau

Updated: 2021-05-26 11:55:26

Judge upholds Penn St. ex-president Spanier’s jail sentence

Spanier was charged in 2012 and convicted by a jury in March 2017, but appeals had allowed him to stay out of jail.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press