Rozzi still pushing for overhaul of child sex abuse law

Reading Eagle

By Liam Migdail-Smith

HARRISBURG – State House leaders plan to take steps next month to revive a proposal that would enable some people sexually abused as children to sue even if their window to do so has already closed.

House officials said Tuesday the plan is to add a retroactive provision back into a bill that would overhaul time limits for victims to take legal action.

“That’s where the members are and we’ll see how it goes,” said Stephen A. Miskin, a spokesman for the House’s Republican leadership.

At a Capitol press conference, state Rep. Mark Rozzi, a Muhlenberg Township Democrat and the measure’s chief proponent, vowed to continue his push for protections aiding victims abused in the past to be included in the bill.

“We cannot choose to help one group of victims and ignore another,” said Rozzi, a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a priest. “We must do the right thing by all of them.”

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