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Abuse Case Will Not Go Forward

Discovery argument rejected in attempt to extend statute of limitations

E.J.M. v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia, A.2d (Pa. Super. 1993), 1993 WL 100641

Key point: Minors who are sexually molested by church workers may not sue their church after the statute of limitations has expired. Generally, the statute of limitations begins to run on a minor's 18th birthday. In some states the statute of limitations does not begin to run until an adult survivor of child sexual molestation "discovers" that he or she has experienced physical or emotional suffering as a result of the molestation. Other states do not recognize this so-called "discovery rule."

A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled that a 27-year-old adult was barred by the statute of limitations from suing a priest and his church on account of the priest's alleged acts of molestation.

The victim, a member of a devoutly Catholic family, began to attend weekly prayer groups at a Catholic church ...

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