Senator Rafferty To Join Attorney General, Victims of Church Abuse at News Conference to Urge Passage of Grand Jury Recommendations

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) will join Attorney General Josh Shapiro and survivors of clergy sexual abuse at a news conference and roundtable discussion to discuss pending legislation to implement key recommendations by a grand jury to reform Pennsylvania’s current laws.

The event will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18th at the Office of Attorney General’s Norristown Office, located at Suite 1000 Madison Avenue in Norristown.

Rafferty said when the House returns to session later this month, it is slated to vote on legislation passed by the Senate in February of last year to strengthen laws as they relate to child sexual abuse.  Senate Bill 261 would eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution of child sex crimes and would allow victims until the age of 50 to sue in civil court.

The House is also considering a proposal that would provide a two-year window for victims of past abuse, during which they can file claims retroactively.

Also scheduled to attend the news conference are PA Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm and four victims of church abuse.