Pennsylvania moves to eradicate statute of limitations on child sex crimes

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On Friday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation that would make it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to sue their alleged abusers by waiving the state’s 2-year statue of limitations on the crime.

Fox News reports, the Pennsylvania House voted 161-40 on a state constitutional amendment  to waive the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases that now goes to the state Senate for a vote and then would go to voters in November. The House also passed a measure in a 134-67 vote to make the change through legislation that would only need the Senate’s vote of approval and governor’s signature to go into law.

House Speaker Mark Rozzi, a Democrat, and Representative Jim Gregory, a Republican, were proponents of the amendment.

Speaking to victims of child sexual abuse, Gregory said, “I want to tell you that I am sorry and that I pray that you will have what you need to heal.”

“It should not have taken this long,” he added.

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