Survivors of sex abuse share stories to prompt changing PA’s statute of limitations law

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Survivors of sex abuse gathered Monday morning in the parking lot on City Island, despite the chance of rain. 

Carolyn Fortney and her sisters were abused by a priest in the Harrisburg Diocese. She says finding the strength to talk about her abuse, opened up critical lines of communication. 

“Today is all about justice, and even if it does rain, my sister said those are tears coming from Heaven from all the people that we lost from suicide from sexual abuse,” said Fortney. “Until two years ago we didn’t talk about it the knew of my abuse but I didn’t know their situation the average age is 52 for someone to come forward.”

Dozens began their march to the state capitol to tell lawmakers their stories, and to encourage them to take action.

“People have to understand that hidden abusers will still exist until the laws change,” sand Richard Tollney, An Abuse Survivor from Albany.

Carolyn says her focus going forward is fighting for those who still remain silent.

“Honestly every day is a struggle for me but it gives me something to look forward too advocating and
helping as many people as I can and my sisters  and my mom and my dad and my son and his friend for generations to come,” said Fortney.

The House voted to approve an amendment that will give abuse victims of abuse who are passed their statute time a two-year window to sue their abuser. 

The full bill heads to the House for a vote later this week. 

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