Auditor General Calls For End To Statute Of Limitations For Child Sex Abuse

DePasquale says grand jury report released Tuesday epitomizes need for change

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — In the wake of Tuesday's release of the grand jury report on alleged sexual abuse in state Catholic dioceses, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is renewing his call for ending statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims.

He told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News the current laws have been abused.

“What the Attorney General certainly pointed out and what the grand jury discovered in their investigations: there clearly was a systematic effort of trying to sweep things under the rug at least long enough to get away from the statute of limitations,” DePasquale said.

Current statutes allow child sex abuse victims to file civil lawsuits until they are 30-years-old, or 50-years-old to file criminal charges. The grand jury recommends eliminating the criminal statute of limitation entirely for such crimes.

“It at least makes it more challenging for the people and the higher-ups that maybe didn’t personally commit the abuse but were certainly a part of it to cover it up and run out the clock.”

DePasquale has called for the termination of statute of limitations for years, but believes this could be the true turning point in Pennsylvania.

“It tries to bring some semblance of justice to the victims,” DePasquale said. “They’ll never get that innocence back.”

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