(Mar 14, 2016)
HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, held a rally and news conference at the state Capitol today to demonstrate public support of efforts to get child sex abuse statute of limitations bills moved to the full House for a vote.
“First it was Boston, then Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and the pattern repeats itself in Altoona-Johnstown. The only way this ends is if we make it loud and clear to child rapists and those who harbor them, that they can no longer hide,” Rozzi said. “To my colleagues in this building, I beg you to stand with me and pass our bills. Let’s get this done.”
At the rally, Rozzi was accompanied by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, public officials, sexual abuse survivors and advocacy organizations, including the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
“Sexually abusing a child essentially kills all of the childhood foundations necessary to grow into a happy adult with trust, feeling loved, security and respect for authority figures,” Kane said. “This is a life sentence for the child. If an abuser is allowed to destroy the childhood of a boy or girl, why then do we allow the criminal to escape a lifetime of accountability for his crimes?”
“As a society, we have a moral obligation to do more to protect children from predators,” DePasquale said. “We must do everything possible to help those children who have been traumatized by abuse. One of the things we can do – make that must do – is eliminate the abysma Read more