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Vote in Pa. House signals support for child sex abuse window in bill form

The state House of Representatives is showing solid support for enacting a two-year lawsuit window for child victims of sexual abuse as a regular bill. The vote Tuesday was on an amendment, an early step in the approval process.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Senate GOP won’t fast-track child sex abuse lawsuit ‘window’

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward says the Republican majority plans to start over, using the conventional amendment process.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press and Marc Levy/The Associated Press

House poised to vote on abuse survivor amendment, but time runs short

Unless the Pa. House votes on the emergency constitutional amendment by next Wednesday, the Senate may not have enough time to weigh in –– and the idea to give survivors of sexual abuse another two years to sue would be sidelined. Again.

By Sam Dunklau

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Hopes dim that Pa. lawmakers will push through emergency relief for clergy abuse victims

The state House of Representatives left the Capitol on Wednesday without a final vote on a measure that would have resurrected the hard-fought referendum on whether to give those survivors, who are time-barred under the statute of limitations, a two-year reprieve to pursue civil litigation.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Proposal giving more time to sue over childhood sexual abuse to get second chance in Harrisburg

Lawmakers may begin re-considering the measure as early as Monday. It’s likely to come before voters as an emergency constitutional amendment.

By Sam Dunklau

Updated: February 6, 2021 | 1:16 pm

House sponsors hope derailed sex abuse survivor rights amendment will get back on track

House Leaders Benninghoff and McClinton said Thursday they will try an emergency amendment process to get the measure before voters in the spring.

By Sam Dunklau

US missionary from Lancaster gets 15 years for abuse at Kenyan orphanage

The FBI said he abused four girls, including two who were 11 years old when the abuse began. Prosecutors said his wife even took his victims to a medical clinic for birth control implants, enabling his crimes.

By The Associated Press

There’s another path for survivors of clergy sex abuse to get justice. It faces an uphill climb in the legislature.

Some survivors and their advocates believe the quickest way to remedy the problem is to abandon the time-consuming path of amending the state constitution, and instead approve the two-year window through regular legislation.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Survivors react to Pa’s botched sexual abuse amendment: ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’

The path for an amendment to become law in Pennsylvania is long. The language has to pass the legislature in two consecutive sessions, then go to voters for a referendum.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY

Top Pa. election official to resign after agency bungled requirement for constitutional amendment

The Department of State did not advertise, as required, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would open a two-year window for litigation by survivors of child sexual abuse who have aged out of the statute of limitations for suing.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA