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Abuse victim in ‘Spotlight’: Extend statute of limitations in Pennsylvania

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Joe Crowley says he knew nothing about statutes of limitation when he first described the sexual abuse he suffered to a Boston Globe reporter investigating clerical abuse in Massachusetts.

Simply gaining the courage to share his story publicly had taken years. Eventually, Crowley faced his abuser in court. But there are some sexual abuse victims in Pennsylvania who might never get that opportunity unless changes are made to the statute of limitations.

“I knew that they knew and did nothing,” Crowley said of the Catholic Church. “That was one of the most healing things. It just changed my perspective. The last time I ever saw my perpetrator — he was in shackles.”


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