Eleventh-hour maneuvering could imperil proposal to help Pa. victims of Catholic clergy sexual abuse
HARRISBURG – The top Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate is circulating a proposal that rejects what a statewide grand jury, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the House of Representatives and scores of victims advocates have been seeking: a second chance for older victims of child sexual abuse to sue their attackers and the institutions that covered it up.
A proposal generated by top staff to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) would instead create a “tribunal” of judges to oversee a victims compensation fund that would be open to claims by victims whose abuse occurred outside the current statute of limitations. It would also allow for some kind of public registry, and victims could petition to get the names of their abusers listed on it, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by The Inquirer and Daily News and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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