Berks lawmaker: Sex-abuse legislation still a priority

69 News & Associated Press

January 28, 2019

With a new legislative session now underway in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark Rozzi said he is ready to continue his fight on behalf of child sexual abuse survivors.

The Berks County Democrat, a Catholic clergy abuse victim himself, has been leading efforts to reform the state’s statute of limitations.

“There are definitely different avenues that we should make available to these victims to be able to not only receive compensation, but to get justice,” Rozzi said.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati led the resistance to House legislation giving now-adult victims a two-year reprieve from time limits that bar them from suing perpetrators and institutions that may have covered it up.

A bill failed to come up for a vote in the Senate late last year, three months after the state attorney general’s grand jury report on child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses.

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