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Sexual Abuse and Statute of Limitations

The recent scandal from a Pennsylvania grand jury reporting the sexual abuse and torture of about 1,000 children over seven decades by more than 300 members of Catholic clergy is horrifying.

The report investigated six dioceses:

  • Allentown
  • Erie
  • Greensburg
  • Harrisburg
  • Pittsburgh
  • Scranton

The sexual abuse from clergy dates back to 1947. So what is the statute of limitations for these types of cases? What does statute of limitations mean?

A statute of limitations means the time police or prosecutors have to start a criminal action against a person.