Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed three bills into law aimed at combating childhood sexual abuse. They are:
House Bill 962, now Act 87, which abolishes Pennsylvania’s criminal statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse and extends the timeline victims have to file civil action against their abusers; extends civil statute of limitations for victims age 18-24 until the age of 30; extends the criminal statute of limitations for criminal proceedings for victims age 18-24 for 20 years; and provides counseling services for victims of sexual assault via the Crime Victims Compensation fund through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD);
House Bill 1051, now Act 88, which increases penalties for failure to report child abuse by a mandated reporter; and
House Bill 1171, now Act 89, which makes conversations with law enforcement agents exempt from non-disclosure agreements.
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