State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, along with state Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin, are teaming up to garner support for legislation that would increase the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to take civil action against alleged abusers.
The legislators will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the East Wing Rotunda of the state Capitol Building in Harrisburg.
Those expected to join Rozzi and Teplitz at the news conference include state Reps. Michael McGeehan and Louise Williams Bishop. Additional members of the General Assembly will be in attendance and speaking.
Teplitz will unveil S.B. 1103, companion legislation to H.B. 238, coauthored by McGeehan and Rozzi. Both measures would establish a two-year window during which the civil statute of limitations would be suspended to allow past victims of child sex abuse to access the justice system and expose guilty perpetrators.
“It is not right that sexual predators are permitted to continue to walk the streets and essentially be protected by the law. It’s time the law is changed to expose these monsters and keep our children safe,” Rozzi said.
“Similar legislation in California and Delaware unmasked hundreds of predators and helped to protect a generation from abuse. I encourage the media to attend the event and help us gather as much support as possible to move this legislation and protect Pennsylvania’s children.”
More information about the event is available by contacting contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921.