Survivors of sexual abuse by members of the Pennsylvania clergy are now coming forward to seek justice and tell their stories, according to a CNN article. The story comes on the heels of a grand jury report that accused more than 300 “predator priests” from Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children. The report investigates abuse in Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton over seven decades.
Pennsylvania Law Could Extend Statute of Limitations for Sex Abuse Victims
For many victims of sex abuse by Pennsylvania clergy members, the offenses took place decades ago. Some are concerned that the deadline to take legal action has passed.
However, many state leaders are pushing for legislation that would give victims more time to file a lawsuit. Senate Bill 261, for example, would eliminate the time limit for prosecutions. It would also extend the limit to file a civil lawsuit to age 50. The recent grand jury report even recommends eliminating the statute of limitations for prosecutions. The document notes that, “no piece of legislation can predict the point at which a victim of child sex abuse will find the strength to come forward.”
Sex Abuse Lawyers Committed to Protecting Victims’ Rights
The sex abuse lawyers at Ostroff Law are dedicated to holding responsible parties accountable for the devastating and unacceptable acts they have committed. For decades, our firm has successfully advocated for victims of abuse. We’re prepared and highly qualified to assist those who were targeted by Pennsylvania clergy members.
Contact our team to discuss your legal rights if you are a sex abuse victim. We can investigate your situation, explain your rights, and help you move forward.
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