Group pushes for legislation that would end statutes of limitations

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Wednesday morning nine women who say they were sexually assaulted by former Pediatrician Johnnie barto shared their stories publicly.  They say they want to support the 5 women who are suing Barto, and the businesses he worked at.


“It lasts a lifetime,” Ashley Krzanowsky, Former patient of Dr. Barto, said.  “I’m still dealing with it to this day.  There’s small things that come up that trigger me to remember it.”
 
Ashley Kranowsky says she and her sister were both abused by Dr. Barto in the late 90s. 
They couldn’t file charges against him, because the statute of limitations ran out.
 
That’s why they’re pushing for senate bill 540 which would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual assault.
 
“Our goal is to create a bill that goes into existence for a lifetime, Krzanowsky, said.  We want everybody’s voice to be heard.”
 
In March Barto was convicted on 69 counts of endangering the welfare of children, and different forms of sexual assault.
 
The lawsuit filed on tuesday against Barto, Conemaugh Health Systems and Laurel Pediatrics, claims the hospital and clinic were aware of the sexual assault allegations and did not act.
 
The women who spoke today say they’re doing it to show support to the 5 women who filed the lawsuit..
Then, they went to the state capitol to continue fighting for a new statute of limitations law.
 
“We will continue to use our voices to fight for change in the statute of limitations, so all victims can be heard and find justice,” Adrienne Cochrane, former patient of Dr. Barto, said at the Capitol in Harrisburg.
 
Barto is currently facing at least 79 years in prison, effectively a life sentenced.

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