Mandatory Reporting May Be Strengthened

Reforms in the procedures for reporting child abuse in Pennsylvania will be among the issues taken up by state lawmakers when the session resumes next week. The recent grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church contains four recommendations. One would strengthen state law regarding mandatory reporting of abuse. A bill to do just that is being sponsored by Representative Todd Stephens. Another recommendation would create a two-year window for now-adult victims of abuse to file civil lawsuits after the statute of limitations on their cases ran out. State House Speaker Mike Turzai favors that move.