Window Legislation

Statute of Limitations Two-Year Retroactive Window Bills Approved in PA.

On November 20, 2019, Pa. House of Representatives voted to reform the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases and establish a two-year window to allow abuse victims to file civil lawsuits against the abusers for abuse that would otherwise be time-barred (presently age 30). This is an important step for abuse survivors in that it allows an opportunity in court to hold the abusers accountable if a jury finds in favor of the victim. HB 963 excerpt dealing with the window: “An individual for whom a statutory limitations period has already expired shall have a period of two years from the time that this subsection becomes effective to commence an action arising from childhood sexual abuse, in such cases as provided by law at the time that this subsection becomes effective.” Legislative Press Releases & Links to Bills:

Rozzi announces historic passage of bills to bring justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse 

Senate Passes Statute of Limitations Child Sexual Abuse Reform Package

Contact Your PA State Senator

Use this link to the PA Senate Contacts to find your State Senator, email them and urge them to continue supporting statute of limitations reform. Link: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/contact.cfm?body=S Below is an image of the previous House Vote Tally on Sept 24, 2018. This bill stalled in the Senate.