Proposed Law for Victims of Sex Abuse
By Joseph Lecompte
March 11, 2016
A recent grand jury that exposed the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese for the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 priests over 40 years, has again set in motion a proposed law for abuse victims.
The law would empower victims to take action, even though the statute of limitations expired.
“Many of these victims have not come forward and the reason is, why would they. The statute of limitations has expired, they can’t charge their abuser criminally, they can’t go after the abuser in a civil action. So what do they do, they suffer in silence. They suffer in their own pain and humiliation.”
Montgomery County State Rep. Tom Murt, bill sponsor, says the measure would establish a two year window for victims of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits after the 12-year statute of limitations expires. Murt urged his colleagues to read the recent grand jury’s report concerning the abuse by priests inflicted on children in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese. Murt says, it worse than the Philadelphia priest sex abuse scandal. Murt called it disgusting.