Lawmakers Want Statute Of Limitations Expansion

(Providence, RI)  --  Victims of sex abuse are calling for Rhode Island lawmakers to change the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children, an effort that has been previously defeated.  A new rally at the State House on Monday came in the wake of explosive new allegations in Pennsylvania against hundreds of Catholic priests in a grand jury indictment.  Currently underage sex abuse victims have seven years to file a claim, but the push is being made to extend the time period to 35 years.  The Rhode Island Catholic Conference released a statement yesterday saying it will work with the General Assembly on any proposed law that "prospectively" extends the statute, which means only future cases, according to lawmakers at yesterday's rally.


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