“But continuing to delay important reforms is denying justice for a whole new class of victims.”Prompted in part by a grand jury report of widespread clergy abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, the original bill called for giving past victims of child sex abuse until age 50 to file lawsuits against their abusers, as well as the private institutions that employed or supervised them.
Its April passage in the House by an overwhelming margin marked one of the biggest legislative victories for victims and advocates in more than a decade.
declared that retroactively applying such a law would be unconstitutional, the Senate removed the retroactivity clause, then unanimously passed and sent to the House an amended version that would only allow lawsuits by victims going forward. Kocher, the Senate GOP spokeswoman, confirmed the pair had talked but described their conversation as private.
According to Kane, Bishop Adamec allegedly created a pay-out chart.
The report describes this as "a guide used to direct the judgments of the diocese in the payment of claims in the purchase of silence"."He had levels of abuse that he and he alone decided," said Kane.
HARRISBURG — A controversial proposal to extend the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims appeared to collapse Tuesday after supporters in the House of Representatives said it was unlikely to move an amended version of the bill or reintroduce the original measure.
With little chance of it passing, they said they would try to revive it when the assembly reconvenes next year.“The process is over at this point,” said Rep.
The House approved such a provision, but the Senate, after fierce lobbying from the insurance industry and the Catholic Church, removed it from the bill this summer and sent it back to the House.“The positive aspects of this bill continue to be lost in a discussion of a specific provision,” Jennifer Kocher, spokeswoman for the Senate Republicans said Tuesday, citing the battle over retroactivity.