PA Senate approves child sex abuse bill extending criminal, civil statutes of limitations

February 1, 2017

By Staff

The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would giveg future victims of child sex abuse more time to prosecute or sue their attackers than currently allowed under state law.

The bill sailed through the chamber after its introduction Monday by Republican Sen. Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati of Jefferson County. The measure would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for prospective cases of child sexual abuse and also allow future victims to sue their attackers at any age. Currently, victims may sue only for 12 years after their 18th birthday.

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