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The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that child protection advocates see as making good steps forward in helping future victims of child sexual abuse.

A bill, sponsored by committee Chairman Ron Marsico, R-Lower Paxton Twp., would lift the statute of limitations on criminal prosecutions in child sexual assault cases. It also would extend the statute of limitations in civil proceedings until the victim reaches age 50.

Current state statutes give victims until age 50 to press criminal charges and until age 30 to file a civil suit against their abusers.

Marsico said that while he would have preferred to wait to hear from the Task Force on Child Protection that is currently review the state's child protection laws. But child protection advocates were pressuring the committee to act, including one who took out an ad urging action by Marsico's committee.

I received this alert this morning - if you live in Pennsylvania - please read - you can help victims of child sexual abuse today.
Foundation to Abolish
Child Sex Abuse

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PA House Judiciary Committee to Vote on HB 878 and HB 832 (Statutes of Limitation and Civil Window Bills) as early as Wednesday June 20th.

1. Email/Call the members of the Judiciary Committee and tell them to support HB 878 and HB 832 without additional amendments. Ask everyone you know to please contact the members of the Judiciary Committee also. (Details and contact info below.)

2. Join us and other advocates in Harrisburg Wednesday 6/20/2012. Be on hand at 11:30 AM - parked outside Room 205 Ryan Office Building for the Judiciary Committee hearing. (Capitol Complex Map and Parking: )
Email /Call members of the PA House Judiciary Committee
Sample text:

Dear Representative:  
Many child abuse victims, supporters and all who care about children are asking you to consider and support HB 878 and HB 832 without amendments, which would address our outdated statute of limitations laws. Despite the outrage over the Sandusky trial and the Philadelphia Archdiocese proceedings, these bills are stuck in your committee. Attached please find a recent editorial from the Harrisburg Patriot News that makes a strong case for immediate action.

These bills may be considered iby your committee as early as Wednesday, June 20.

Now is your chance to stand up for children - and not for those who continue to protect special interests. Make no mistake: this procedural vote will clearly define who is on the side of victims and who continues to protect predators. We are asking for your leadership on this critical issue and we will take note of this critical vote.

Please vote to move HB 878 and HB 832 forward.

Pennsylvania's children can't wait for task forces. They can't wait one more day!

Recent Patriot-News Editorial supporting passage of HB 878 and 832:
Link to Philadelphia Weekly Window Legislation & Catholic Church article:

Contact Info
House Judiciary Committee: Majority Members
Marsico - Chairman

Stephens – Secretary
(717) 260-6163

Cutler - Subcommittee on Family Law
(717) 783-6424

Grell - Subcommittee on Courts
(717) 783-2063

Krieger - Subcommittee on Crime & Corrections
(717) 260-6146

(717) 772-5290

(717) 783-5282

(717) 787-7686

(717) 705-7167

Keller, M
(717) 783-1593

(717) 705-7170

(717) 783-5218

(717) 260-6122
(717) 787-9501
(717) 260-6136

Minority Members
Caltagirone - Chairman
(717) 787-3525

Kula – Secretary
(717) 772-1858

White, J - Subcommittee on Family Law
(717) 783-6437

Bradford - Subcommittee on Crime & Corrections
(717) 772-2572

(717) 772-9902

Costa, D
(717) 783-9114

(717) 787-7514

(717) 783-4834

(717) 772-4032

(717) 772-9850

Philadelphia Weekly Cover Story on SOLs

Patriot News Editorial Supporting SOLs - May

6.17.12 Patriot News Editorial

9:25 AM PT:

Live Stream of Judiciary Committee right now

Originally posted to TreeClimbers on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:54 AM PDT.

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