Pa. Lawmakers May Expand Rights Of Sex-Abuse Victims.


Legislators in Pennsylvania are considering a bill that would make it easier for victims of sexual abuse to seek justice in the courts.

The move comes in the wake of a recent report by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, which detailed numerous cases of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. The report was highly critical of church officials, asserting that they engaged in a cover-up by moving priests who committed such offenses to other parishes.

The news site reported that the bill, which has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, "eliminates alt criminal statutes of limitations on future child sexual abuse cases, extends the deadline for civil cases against perpetrators and those who supervise them to age 50 and creates a new, retroactive component permitting past victims who are timed-out of the legal system at present a temporary, two-year window to file civil suits."

Under current Pennsylvania...

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