HARRISBURG—State Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, said a bill to reform antiquated child sexual abuse laws in Pennsylvania today moved through the House Judiciary Committee.
Following a news conference announcing plans to introduce a discharge resolution to move the then-stalled legislation, the state House Judiciary Committee voted on and approved H.B. 878, authored by Rep. Michael McGeehan, D-Phila.
McGeehan's H.B. 878 would create a special two-year window for filing civil actions in childhood sexual abuse cases, giving alleged victims a fresh chance at justice in cases where their ability to seek it has expired.
"This bill seeks to ensure justice to past victims as well as to further deter would-be child sexual abusers," DePasquale said. "I'm hopeful it will come up this week before the full House so we can move now and help more victims and prevent further abuse."
DePasquale said a vote on the bill is timely because of revelations of cover-ups at the highest levels that have surfaced during trials involving child sex abuse cases at the Philadelphia Archdiocese and Penn State University.