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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 4, 2012 03:10 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Removing the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of a minor
 
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce two pieces of legislation which remove the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of a minor in both criminal prosecution and civil actions.

In cases of sexual abuse of children, the victims sometimes do not come forward and report the crime for many years or even into their adulthood. Because of our current statute of limitations, authorities often are not able to file any charges. In effect, Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations serves to deny justice to the child victims and their families by not having accused sex offenders go through the judicial process within out Commonwealth and face their alleged charges. These bills would allow for the victims of child sexual abuse the ability to receive the justice they deserve.

This is a reintroduction of Senate Bills 1443 & 1445 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors of both bills included Senators TARTAGLIONE, HUGHES, FONTANA, WOZNIAK, YUDICHAK, BROWNE, ERICKSON AND RAFFERTY



Document #1

Introduced as SB88

Description: My first bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of a minor for criminal prosecution. 
 

Document #2

Description: My second bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of a minor for civil action.