Pennsylvania House Speaker Predicts Passage of ‘Compromise’ Window for Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai called the proposal to create a two-year window to allow victims of child sexual abuse decades ago file lawsuits a “compromise.”

On Wednesday, Turzai told the Associated Press that his chamber is set to hold discussions on the proposed amendments to state law. He predicted that the two-year window compromise has enough support. Therefore, its passage in the Pennsylvania House is likely.

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf demanded that the Pennsylvania legislature amend state law to allow victims to file lawsuits over sexual abuse that happened to them decades earlier.

Wolf supports the proposals in the grand jury’s report on the horrifying child sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. In the report, the investigating grand jury uncovered widespread child sexual abuse and an alleged systemic coverup by leaders of the Catholic Church across the state. They identified 301 predator priests who sexually abused over 1,000 children over the past seven decades.