Governor Wolf Signs Three Bills into Law to Help Protect Children (November 26, 2019)

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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