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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 23, 2015 03:04 PM
From: Representative Mark Rozzi
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship - Child Sex Abuse Statutes of Limitations Reform
Last session, 23 laws were enacted as a direct result of the Task Force for Child Protection, following the Infamous Sandusky/Penn State scandal. The one issue that was not taken up however, is that of the arbitrary and archaic Statutes of Limitation laws with respect to child sex abuse.

On Thursday, I plan to introduce legislation that would:
  • Raise the age from 30 to 50 years for an adult victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim, consistent with the current criminal statute.
  • As a compromise, allow for previously time-barred victims (up to age 50)o bring suit.
  • If the perpetrator was employed by a public or private entity that owes a duty of care for the victim, damages against the entity may be awarded with a finding of “gross negligence”.
  • Going forward, the measure adds “child sex abuse” as an exception to immunity laws thereby removing the “sovereign immunity” defense for public officials and institutions.
Child sex abuse is an epidemic. Conservative estimates are one in four girls, one in six boys. We must stop this cancer from spreading. We know the only way to stop predators is to expose them…and the organizations that shield them.
Please take two minutes to view the attached link, and join me in co-sponsoring this long overdue legislation. Thank you.


Introduced as HB661