Advocacy and education are important parts of Turning Point Women’s Counseling and Advocacy Center.

Three key goals of our mission are the following:

  1. To educate the community about child sexual abuse, the statistics, the stigma and the emotional damage that results from silence and secrecy.
  2. To advocate for rights for survivors of child sexual abuse.
  3. To provide information and referrals to child sexual abuse survivors regarding their legal rights.

We frequently receive phone calls inquiring about child sexual abuse statistics,
questions about pending legislation in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and current law
regarding statute of limitations to bring lawsuits.

This page is designed to provide general information on these topics.

Statistics:

Source: http://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Education/FactsMythsStatistics

Sexual Abuse

Adults

Child/Teen Victims

Disclosure Among Victims

Abuse via Technology

Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse



Source: AbolishSexAbuse.org

Pending legislation on statute of limitations

When an adult survivor discloses her/his abuse and begins her/his healing journey, the
question that often arises is: can criminal charges be filed against my abuser? Determining if the survivor is within the
statue of limitations can be confusing and somewhat daunting. The first step a survivor
needs to take to determine if a criminal lawsuit is possible is to call the District Attorney’s
Office in the County in which the abuse occurred. The DA determines whether to bring criminal charges and
whether the statute of limitations still allows time to file charges.

FAQs On Statute of Limitations in Child Abuse Cases

Q: How long does the Commonwealth now have to file criminal charges in a criminal
case involving child abuse?


A: In general the statute of limitations was extended in 2007 to give the Commonwealth
until the child victim’s 50th birthday, to file charges.

Q: What bill extended the statute of limitations in criminal
child abuse cases?


A: The statute of limitations was extended as part of a comprehensive
package of amendments to various statutes related to child abuse. The
amendment to 42 Pa.C.S.A. 5552(c)(3) is found in Act 179 of 2006
(formerly Senate Bill 1054).

Q: When does the change in the statute of limitations take effect?

A: The law became effective January 28, 2007.

Q: What criminal charges are covered?

A: As in prior law, the special statute of limitations for sexual
offenses committed against minors applies to the following charges:
rape, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent
assault, indecent exposure, incest, endangering the welfare of children,
corruption of minors, sexual abuse of children, sexual exploitation of children.

Q: What cases will benefit from passage of 2007 legislation to extend the statute of limitations?

A: The new statute of limitations applies to any case in which the
statute of limitations had not yet expired before the new law took effect.
Pursuant to Com. v. Harvey, 542 A.2d 1027 (Pa. Super. 1988), time for
prosecution may be extended by a legislative change if the prior period
has not yet expired. To determine whether the statute has expired, the
date of the victim’s 18th birthday is more important than the date of
the commission of the offense.

On August 27, 2002, the statute of limitations for child sexual
abuse was extended to 12 years after the victim’s 18th birthday.
(Before that amendment, the statute of limitations was 5 years after
the victim’s 18th birthday). That change in the statute of limitations
applied to cases in which a child victim turned 18 on or after August 27,
2002. Since the 12-year period has not yet expired before the new law
took effect, the statute of limitations for cases under the 2002
amendment has now been extended to the victim’s 50th birthday.

For cases involving child victims who turn 18 on or after August 27,
2002, the Commonwealth now has until the victim’s 50th birthday to
file criminal charges for abuse that occurred before the victim turned 18.

Source: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Pennsylvania’s recent history regarding statute of limitations law:

Why child victims often report years later:

Current legislation before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) advocates that the statue of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse be eliminated both in civil and criminal cases. The Pennsylvania legislature has proposed a host of bills to do so. Many other states have already eliminated statutes of limitations.

State Representative Mark Rozzi introduced his H.B. 2067 that would suspend the civil statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse who have not yet reached 50 years old. The measure would allow victims the opportunity to seek civil recourse from their perpetrators and would permanently remove the civil and criminal statute of limitations involving child sexual abuse.

“It takes victims years if not decades to acknowledge the abuse. We need to give them the opportunity to seek justice and protect future generations of children by bringing action against perpetrators,” Rozzi said.

Presently PA House Bill 2067 is with the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee for review. Below is a list of the Representatives who serve on the Judiciary Committee and their contact information if you wish to express your support this Bill passing. You are also encouraged to contact your local Representative to express your support for these Bills as well.

House Judiciary Committee

Republican Members Democrat Members
Marsico, Ron, Chair (717) 783-2014 Caltagirone, Thomas (717) 787-3525
Cutler, Bryan (717) 783-6424 Barbin, Bryan (717) 783-1491
Delozier, Sheryl M (717) 783-5282 Bradford, Matthew (717) 772-2572
Ellis, Brian (717) 787-7686 Brown, Vanessa lowery (717) 783-3822
Grell, Glen (717) 783-2063 Costa, Dom (717) 783-9114
Hackett, Joseph (717) 260-6168 Dean, Madeleine (717) 783-7619
Keller, Mark (717) 783-1593 Kula, Deberah (717) 772-1858
Krieger, Timothy (717) 260-6146 Neuman, Brandon (717) 783-4834
Neill, Bernie (717) 705-7170 Sabatina, John (717) 772-4032
Regan, Mike (717) 783-8783 White, Jesse (717) 783-6437
Rock, Todd (717) 783-5218
Saccone, Rick (717) 260-6122
Stephens, Todd (717) 260-6163
Toepel, Marcy (717) 787-9501
Toohil, Tarah 717) 260-6136

Websites

Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse

www.abolishsexabuse.org

SOL Reform News | Professor Marci A. Hamilton

www.sol-reform.com

Articles

Ad seeks to apply pressure lawmakers to act swiftly to lift statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases
By Jan Murphy, Patriot-News – October 8th, 2013

A chance ‘to seek justice’
By Jan Murphy, Patriot-News – Sepetember 26, 2013

As I See It: Legislation would aid abuse survivors
By Delilah Rumburg, Patriot-News Op-Ed – April 08, 2013

For survivors, fewer options

By Cathleen Palm, Philly.com – April 08, 2013

How to Contact Your Legislator

Last Name First Name Phone Ext.

East Wing

Boyle, Brendan (717) 787-3055
Boyle, Kevin (717) 783-4944
Dean, Madeleine (717) 783-7619
Daley, Mary (717) 787-9475
Rozzi, Mark (717) 783-3290
Harris, Jordan (717) 783-1792
Sims, Brian (717) 783-4072
Santarsiero, Steve (717) 787-5475
Briggs, Tim (717) 705-7011
O’Brien, Michael (717) 783-8098
DeLissio, Pamela (717) 783-4945
Donatucci, Maria (717) 783-8634
Kavulich, Sid (717) 783-4874
Mirabito, Richard (717) 772-1314
Mullery, Gerald (717) 783-4893
Haggerty, Kevin (717) 783-1359
Gainey, Ed (717) 783-1017
Miranda, J.P. (717) 772-2004
Bradford, Matthew (717) 772-2572
Kinsey, Stephen (717) 787-3181
Brownlee, Michelle (717) 787-3480
Kortz, Bill (717) 787-8175
Snyder, Pam (717) 783-3797
Molchany, Erin (717) 783-1582
Clay, James (717) 787-1354
Helm, Susan (717) 787-1230
Boback, Karen (717) 787-1117
Scavello, Mario (717) 787-7732
Aument, Ryan (717) 705-7161
Rapp, Kathy (717) 787-1367
Cutler, Bryan (717) 783-6424
Pyle, Jeffrey (717) 783-5327
Metzgar, Carl (717) 783-8756
Sankey, Tommy (717) 787-7099
Milne, Duane (717) 787-8579
Gabler, Matt (717) 260-6142
Toohil, Tarah (717) 260-6136
Brooks, Michele (717) 783-5008
Knowles, Jerry (717) 787-9029
Truitt, Dan (717) 260-6164
Ellis, Brian (717) 787-7686
Quinn, Marguerite (717) 772-1413
Delozier, Sheryl (717) 783-5282
Oberlander, Donna (717) 772-9908
Emrick, Joe (717) 260-6159
Lucas, Gregory (717) 772-9940
Sonney, Curtis (717) 783-9087
Rock, Todd (717) 783-5218
Roae, Brad (717) 787-2353
Reese, Mike (717) 783-9311
Day, Gary (717) 787-3017
Brown, Rosemary (717) 260-6171
Dunbar, George (717) 260-6132
Barrar, Stephen (717) 783-3038
McNeill, Daniel (717) 772-9902
Schlossberg, Michael (717) 705-1869
Painter, Mark (717) 783-4073
McCarter, Stephen (717) 783-1079
Neilson, Ed (717) 787-4331
Bizzarro, Ryan (717) 772-2297
Flynn, Marty (717) 787-8981
Farina, Frank (717) 783-5043
Grell, Glen (717) 783-2063
Sainato, Chris (717) 772-2436
Harhai, Ted (717) 772-2820
Samuelson, Steve (717) 705-1881
Mundy, Phyllis (717) 783-1614
Evans, Dwight (717) 783-4111
Vitali, Greg (717) 787-7647
Barbin, Bryan (717) 783-1491
Watson, Katharine (717) 787-5452
Causer, Martin (717) 787-5075
Hickernell, David (717) 783-2076
Gillespie, Keith (717) 705-7167
O’Neill, Bernie (717) 705-7170
DiGirolamo, Gene (717) 783-7319
Stephens, Todd (717) 260-6163
Tobash, Mike (717) 260-6148
Evankovich, Eli (717) 260-6129
Keller, Mark (717) 783-1593
Simmons, Justin (717) 783-1673
Fee, Mindy (717) 772-5290
Corbin, Becky (717) 783-2520
Farry, Frank (717) 260-6140
Marshall, Jim (717) 260-6432
Christiana, Jim (717) 260-6144
Mentzer, Steven (717) 787-1776
Greiner, Keith (717) 783-6422
Maloney, David (717) 260-6161
Saccone, Rick (717) 260-6122
Kauffman, Rob (717) 705-2004

Irvis Office

Parker, Cherelle (717) 783-2178
Longietti, Mark (717) 772-4035
Galloway, John (717) 787-1292
Caltagirone, Thomas (717) 787-3525
Harkins, Patrick (717) 787-7406
White, Jesse (717) 783-6437
Haluska, Gary (717) 787-3532
DeLuca, Anthony (717) 783-1011
Matzie, Robert (717) 787-4444
Cohen, Mark (717) 787-4117
Fabrizio, Flo (717) 787-4358
Daley, Peter (717) 783-9333
Pashinski, Eddie (717) 783-0686
Freeman, Robert (717) 783-3815
Roebuck, James (717) 783-1000
Thomas, W. (717) 787-9471
Costa, Dom (717) 783-9114
Petrarca, Joseph (717) 787-5142
Readshaw, Harry (717) 783-0411
Neuman, Brandon (717) 783-4834
Kotik, Nick (717) 783-3780
Youngblood, Rosita (717) 787-7727
Costa, Paul (717) 783-1914
McGeehan, Michael (717) 772-4029
Wheatley, Jake (717) 783-3783
Kirkland, Thaddeus (717) 787-5881
Ravenstahl, Adam (717) 787-5470
Deasy, Daniel (717) 772-8187
Conklin, Scott (717) 787-9473
Brown, Vanessa (717) 783-3822
Sabatina, John (717) 772-4032
English, Hal (717) 260-6407
Killion, Thomas (717) 772-0855
Hahn, Marcia (717) 783-8573
Millard, David (717) 783-1102
Swanger, Rosemarie (717) 787-2686
Mackenzie, Ryan (717) 787-1000
Toepel, Marcy (717) 787-9501
Hackett, Joe (717) 260-6168
Gillen, Mark (717) 787-8550
Murt, Thomas (717) 787-6886
Regan, Mike (717) 783-8783
Bloom, Stephen (717) 772-2280
Masser, Kurt (717) 260-6134
Culver, Lynda (717) 787-3485
Payne, John (717) 787-2684
Fleck, Mike (717) 787-3335
Kampf, Warren (717) 260-6166
Heffley, Doyle (717) 260-6139
Miccarelli, Nick (717) 787-3472
Keller, Fred (717) 787-3443
McGinnis, John (717) 787-6419
Everett, Garth (717) 787-5270
Mustio, Mark (717) 787-6651
Kim, Patty (717) 783-9342
Kula, Deberah (717) 772-1858
Davis, Tina (717) 783-4903
Moul, Dan (717) 783-5217

Main Capitol

Turzai, Mike (717) 772-9943
Major, Sandra (717) 783-2910
Saylor, Stanley (717) 783-6426
Reed, Dave (717) 705-7173
Smith, Samuel (717) 787-3845
Metcalfe, Daryl (717) 783-1707
Vereb, Mike (717) 705-7164
Godshall, Robert (717) 783-6428
Benninghoff, Kerry (717) 783-1918
Adolph, William (717) 787-1248
Carroll, Mike (717) 787-3589
Gibbons, Jaret (717) 705-2060
Hennessey, Tim (717) 787-3431
Harhart, Julie (717) 772-5398
Pickett, Tina (717) 783-8238
Stern, Jerry (717) 787-9020
Stevenson, Richard (717) 783-6438
Burns, Frank (717) 772-8056
Mahoney, Tim (717) 772-2174
Gergely, Marc (717) 783-1018
Bishop, Louise (717) 783-2192
Waters, Ronald (717) 772-9850
Keller, William (717) 787-5774
Sturla, Michael (717) 787-3555
Frankel, Dan (717) 705-1875
Dermody, Frank (717) 787-3566
Hanna, Michael (717) 772-2283
Markosek, Joseph (717) 783-1540
Goodman, Neal (717) 787-2798
Davidson, Margo (717) 783-4907
Cruz, Angel (717) 787-1407
Krieger, Tim (717) 260-6146
Tallman, Will (717) 783-8875
Lawrence, John (717) 260-6117
James, R. (717) 783-8188
Peifer, Michael (717) 783-2037
Grove, Seth (717) 783-2655

Ryan Office

Micozzie, Nicholas (717) 783-8088
Gingrich, Mauree (717) 783-1815
Petri, Scott (717) 787-9033
Baker, Matthew (717) 772-5371
Ross, Chris (717) 783-1574
Harris, Adam (717) 783-7830
Maher, John (717) 783-1522
Miller, Ron (717) 783-8389
Harper, Kate (717) 787-2801
Cox, Jim (717) 772-2435
Denlinger, Gordon (717) 787-3531
Hess, Dick (717) 787-7076
Taylor, John (717) 787-3179
Clymer, Paul (717) 783-3154
Marsico, Ronald (717) 783-2014

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