HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Victims of child sexual abuse and their advocates rallied Monday at the state Capitol for legislation to end the time limits on prosecution.
The group wants lawmakers to pass two bills, one that would eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal and civil cases of child sex abuse and another proposal that would create a two-year window for past victims to file civil lawsuits.
They argue that victims often can’t speak of the abuse until well after they’re 30 years old.
The Catholic church and insurance industry are opposed.
“It is time to have victims voices heard. It is time to stand up for victims,” said Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), who was abused as a boy. “We didn’t get elected to protect pedophiles, perpetrators and institutions. I don’t remember an institution going into the ballot box and voting for me.”
Supporters of the bills have been critical of state Rep. Ron Marisco (R-Dauphin) because the legislation is stalled in the House Judiciary Committee he chairs.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download the ABC 27 News App and the ABC 27 Weather App for your phone or tablet.