Eleventh-hour maneuvering could imperil proposal to help Pa. victims of Catholic clergy sexual abuse

October 12, 2018

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R.,Jefferson) prefers creating a victims compensation fund, overseen by judges, to allowing for a temporary reprieve in the law so that older victims of sexual abuse can file civil claims.

By Staff

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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