The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape joined a group of Pennsylvania legislators led by State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks to discuss legislative efforts that would expand the amount of time victims of child sexual abuse are afforded to take civil action against their alleged abuser March 2 at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.
Rozzi and Sen. Rob Tepliz, D-Dauphin/Perry advocated for legislation that would raise the age for an adult victim of child sexual abuse to file a civil claim from 30 to 50 years, making it consistent with current criminal law and allowing for previously time-barred victims to bring suit.
PCAR Vice President of Public Relations, Kristen Houser joined the legislators to call for changes to the civil statute.
“We’ve seen it time and time again in high profile cases involving the Boy Scouts, various religious institutions, public and private school, even in the case of allegations against Bill Cosby, these are adults who are waiting decades to come forward. It is the norm, it is expected, that people wait for years to disclose that they were sexually abused,” Houser said. “Now is the time for Pennsylvania to finally change our laws to be based in this reality.”
Rozzi and Tepliz were joined by state Reps. Louise Williams Bishop, D-Phila.; Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Phila. and Mike O’Brien, D-Phila.
Chris Anderson from MaleSurvivor Network and Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse’s Tammy Lerner also spoke at the event.