PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro On Revising Statute Of Limitations

"My office received 1,206 calls to the hotline"

Josh Shapiro

York Daily Record - USA TODAY

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The two-year extension on the civil statute of limitations passsed the Pennsylvania House overwhelmingly last week by a vote of 171-23. 

The real debate is in the Pennsylvania Senate, where the Catholic Conference and the insurance lobby have great influence. 

Josh Shapiro, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, joined KDKA Radio on Thursday to talk about revising the statute of limitations and the fallout of the Grand Jury Report on priest abuse. 

What are the four recommended changes to state laws to ensure something like this will never happen again?

“Eliminating the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse; Create a two year civil window, so victims can recover to receive the care and treatment they deserve; If a confidentiality agreement is used, you can still talk to law enforcement; Clarify penalties on the failure to report child abuse,” Shapiro said.

“Those are the four things the grand jurors called for. Those are the four things that I'm for.”

What has the fallout been for you?

“It inspires others to speak out. We knew that we would have other survivors come forth and want to share their truth, I did not imagine how broad it would be,” Shapiro tells KDKA Radio.

“We set up a clergy abuse hotline the day we released the report. As of yesterday, my office received 1,206 calls to that hotline.”

Have any other states reported abuse?

“About 10 other states have begun investigations in the wake of Pennsylvania’s,” Shapiro added.

“I was talking to one of the Attorney’s General from one of the other states, New Jersey in fact. They also set up a clergy abuse hotline similar to ours and they are overwhelmed by the number of calls there.”

What is going to be done to stop the recent data breaches?

“We want to change corporate behavior, so that they are protecting people’s data moving forward,” Shapiro explains.

“I fear that these data breaches will continue unless and until these big companies put a premium on protecting you information, spend more money one their IT infrastructure, and spend more money on personnel to protect your data and personal information.”

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