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SB 540

Abolishment of the Statute of Limitations for Victims of Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Misconduct

Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus introduced legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual offenses and open a window for civil liability.  Senate Bill 540 would amend Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) to:

Eliminate the criminal and civil statute of limitations (SOL) for sexual abuse, assault and misconduct for offenses against victims whose abuse happened at any age.

Provide a 2 year civil window to revive previously expired SOL claims.

Provide a 6-month delay to the window in which survivors who wish to voluntarily settle their claim outside the court system are able to do so.

PA Senate Dems Unveil Legislation to Abolish Statute of Limitations for Sexual Offenses

 

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THE COST OF ABUSE | House-passed abuse bills now in Senate

THE COST OF ABUSE | House-passed abuse bills now in Senate

Earlier this month, the state House of Representatives approved measures to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sex crimes and to propose a constitutional amendment to open a window for lawsuits in cases where the statute of limitations has already...

Survivors call for passage of child sex abuse bill

Survivors call for passage of child sex abuse bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Survivors of a pedophile pediatrician rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday and called on legislators to pass a bill removing prosecution and lawsuit time limits. Dr. Johnnie Barto is serving at least 79 years in prison for sexually...

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Statute of Limitations Sexual Abuse – October 2, 2019