Groups Pressing Lawmakers To Revise Statute Of Limitations For Sex Abuse Cases

Groups Pressing Lawmakers To Revise Statute Of Limitations For Sex Abuse Cases

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VICTIM ADVOCATES ARE, STRESSING LAW MAKE TOURS REVISE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SURVIVORS OF THE SEXUAL ABUSE. TWO GROUPS ARE COMING TOGETHER IN HOPES THAT THEY CAN BRING ABOUT CHANGE. JOE’S IN CENTER CITY RIGHT NOW WITH THAT STORY, JOE, GOOD EVENING. REPORTER: GOOD EVENING TO YOU. NINE STATES A TRUSTED RETRO ACTIVITY IN THEIR STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS. DELAWARE IS SEEN AS LEADER. PENNSYLVANIA IS CONSIDERED TO BE, AT THE BOTTOM. IN WHAT ENDED IN SOBERING DEFEAT TWO YEARS AGO DUE IN PART TO THE POWERFUL LOBBY BY CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND, CALLS WERE MADE, AND TWO YEAR WINDOW FOR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, AND. THIS IS, AN EPIDEMIC, AND, SEX ABUSE, AND, VICTIMS FROM THE PAST NEED TO HAVE THEIR NEARBY. REPORTER: MAKING THEIR CASE MARCI HAMILTON WAS SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE, WITH, AND, RENUN GYMNAST SARAH KLINE, AND VICTIM OF SERIAL PEDOPHILE LARRY NASSAR WAS ABUSED FOR 17 YEARS. THE ONLY THING THAT STANDS BETWEEN COUNTLESS VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE, COVER UP, AND JUSTICE, IT IS SOMETHING CALLED, A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. REPORTER: KLINE’S EFFORTS IN MICHIGAN LED TO REVISION OF THAT STATE’S STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, AND HERE SURVIVORS ARE CAPITALIZING ON A FRESH WAVE OF ANGER, IGNITED BY STATEWIDE GRAND JURY REPORT THAT TOOK INTO PRIEST SEX ABUSE. IT PROVED, THAT, OVER 20 YEARS. REPORTER: MIKE AND DEBBIE SPEAK FOR THEIR LATE SON, SHAWNA BOOSTED AT HANDS OF FATHER ROBERT BRENNAN WHILE AT SCHOOL AT RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD PARISH IN THE NORTHEAST. CRIMINAL CASE EVENED AFTER SHAWN DIED, MCILMAIL’S STRUCK A CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT WITH THE ARCHDIOCESE. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WANT TO GET, STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, THEY WILL STILL BE IN FOR A FIGHT OF THEIR LIFE. REPORTER: STATE SENATOR LEACH, THE DEMOCRAT, CONCEDED THAT HE HAS STRUGGLED IN THE PAST WITH REVISING THE STATUTE I KNOW THAT I WANT TO TRY TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION THAT CAN PASS SENATE AND LIVE WITH AND BRING JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED IT. REPORTER: WE REPEATEDLY REACHED OUT TO REPUBLICAN SENATE PRESIDENT JOE SCARNOTI FOR COMMENT BUT HIS STAFF DID NOT GET BACK TO US. WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA AND DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, BOTH REFERRED US TO THE PENNSYLVANIA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE, A SPOKESWOMAN THERE SAID THAT THE TIME TO DISCUSS THIS LEGISLATION WILL COME LATER. IN CENTER CITY OUTSIDE THE BASILICA, REPORTING LIVE, JOE

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