From Senator Tim Kearney (D-26). (Co-sponsors also include, from Chester County, Senators Andy Dinniman and Katie Muth)
Legislation would remove artificial deadline, allowing victims and survivors to seek justice without restriction
Harrisburg, PA, – April 10, 2019 – Senator Tim Kearney and his four freshman Senate colleagues – Senators Lindsey Williams, Katie Muth, Steve Santarsiero, and Maria Collett – were joined by almost all members of the Senate Democrats in introducing legislation to abolish the statute of limitations for sexual abuse, assault, and misconduct.
“I wanted to get to Harrisburg to amplify the voices of those who’ve gone unheard for far too long,” said Senator Kearney. “Trauma does not have an expiration date. We will not limit survivors’ opportunities to seek justice.”
The bill would amend Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to:
• eliminate the criminal and civil statute of limitations (SOL) for sexual abuse, assault and misconduct victims whose abuse happened at any age;
• provide a 2 year civil window to revive previously expired SOL claims, and;
• provide a 6-month delay to the window in which survivors who wish to voluntarily settle their claim outside the court system are able to do so.
“For too long victims have had no recourse, unable to press charges after some artificial deadline has kicked in,” Senator Kearney continued. …
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