Catch PW’s Tara Murtha on Radio Times Tomorrow
Last fall, Pennsylvania House Rep. Louise Bishop announced to the world that House Bill 832, of which she is the prime sponsor, was personal. The 78-year-old lawmaker admitted she’d been abused by her stepfather as a child 66 years earlier. And her bill, which would extend the statute of limitations on sexual abusers (”alleged victims of child sex abuse have until the age of 50 to file criminal charges and 30 to file a civil lawsuit against their attackers… Bishop’s bill sought to abolish the age limit altogether on both the civil and criminal side”) had fallen into the spotlight in light of the Penn State and priest abuse cases going on in the state. Unfortunately, since then, it has fallen victim to Harrisburg politics and spin. It was recommitted to the House Rules Committee on June 20.
But that’s just the beginning of the potential law’s long history in Pennsylvania politics. And tomorrow at 10 a.m., Philadelphia Weekly senior writer Tara Murtha will go on WHYY’s Radio Times to speak about this issue, which she’s spent a good deal of time covering.
For Murtha’s reporting on statute of limitations issues, go here and here. Murtha’s work has covered related issues here and here. You can listen tomorrow at this link or turn the knob to 90.9 on your radio at 10 a.m.