The Pennsylvania state legislature finished their two-year session without any type of closure regarding the debate over the removal of the statute of limitations in filing sex abuse civil suits. Voting on the removal will be shelved until next year, which leaves many survivors of clergy abuse still unable to hold their abusers accountable for the criminal acts committed against them as children. Removing the statute of limitations would enable clergy abuse survivors who suffered from abuse decades ago and past the deadline to file claims against their abusers and feel that justice has finally been served.
Unfortunately, the issue of clergy abuse is not a new phenomenon, and it appears that the Catholic church has failed to protect victims of it or to punish abusive priests and other clergy members. Many survivors who endured sex abuse by a priest and feared coming forward have found the strength to do so after the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report that may confirm their allegations. The voting delay on the removal of the statute of limitations, though, prevents survivors from truly embarking on the healing process and fails to address the endemic problem that continues to endanger victims.
If you faced sexual abuse by a clergy member, contact our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online. We fully support the removal of the statute of limitations and understand how important it is in pursuing justice for survivors of clergy abuse. We offer free and confidential consultations to clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.