A clergy abuse filing against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown was upheld in Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday. This is regarding the claim lodged in June 2019 by a woman who alleged that the diocese was culpable for covering up the abuse she suffered during her youth in the 1970s and 1980s. Originally, her first filing in Blair County in 2018 was dismissed because the statute of limitations expired before she could file a claim against the priest who allegedly abused her. The case will go to trial again and paves the way for other abuse survivors to potentially file their own claims despite the limitations of the statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations restricts many abuse survivors from filing claims against their abusers. When the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report became public, victims and survivors hoped that lawmakers may change the laws that deny them their ability to hold their abusers accountable for their actions. Officially, the laws remain the same and no plans exist to change the statute of limitations, although it is possible that legislators may revisit the issue in 2020.
If you or a loved one dealt with clergy abuse as a minor, our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will offer understanding and legal guidance to individuals facing this trauma. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential case review. We provide legal representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.