Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark Rozzi declared that “judgment day is upon us” as he spoke about the victims of clergy child sex abuse.
On Tuesday night, the statehouse voted 173–21 on a proposal to give victims of child sex abuse in Pennsylvania more time to file lawsuits against clergy they say have abused them.
The Associated Press reported that the bill is now going to be put up for a Senate vote, which will determine whether a two-year window for litigation is going to be created.
The push for reform comes following revelations that hundreds of Roman Catholic priests abused children in the state going back to the 1940s. Similar revelations in other states and around the world have rocked the Vatican to its core.
Rozzi, who said he was raped by a priest when he was 13 years old, put in no uncertain terms the importance of the bill at a rally before the House vote.
“Judgment day is upon us, and this legislation will set the path straight,” he declared.
The lawmaker told CBS News that being a victim of child sexual abuse “has changed my entire life.”
He explained that expanding the window for justice will greatly help victims.
“They can go in there, identify their perpetrator, and also get compensation for the egregious crimes committed against them,” Rozzi said about the lawsuits.
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Source: Christian Post