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>> Over 1,000 child victims were identified by our investigation.>> This week's revelation of widespread child sexual abuse by some 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania over a 70 year period, bolstering efforts by legislators to make such cases easier to prosecute, including extending the statue of limitations for the offenses.
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Reuters editor, Scott Malone, is covering the story.>> The Pennsylvania grand jury asked the state legislature to consider eliminating the statue of limitations on reporting child sex abuse. And advocates for victims of child sex abuse say that the shear scale of numbers in Tuesday's report could give further momentum to efforts of 13 other US states to extend the time period that people could take criminal or even civil legal action against child sex abusers.
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>> One of those advocates for victims of child sex abuse is state legislator Mark Rozzi who has fought for years for more time to report sexual abuse crimes to police. Reuters spoke to Pennsylvania State Representative Mark Rosey. Rosey says that he was sexually assaulted by a priest when he was a 13 year old altar boy.
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And extending, fighting child sex abuse and extending the statutes of limitations has been a cornerstone of his political career. It motivated his initial run for office. And it's been something he's been working for throughout his five years in the state legislature.>> Some 41 states have eliminated statutes of limitations for criminally prosecuting child sex abuse.
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Earlier this year, Michigan and Hawaii passed laws giving victims more time to report sexual assaults on children.