Should other states follow Pennsylvania's lead and open their own investigations into the Catholic Church?

According to Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin, unlike Pennsylvania, Hawaii laws do not allow for state grand jury investigations. They do however, allow for justice to be brought to any alleged sex assaults no matter when they happened.

"When you think about the crimes, we're talking about here and the abuse that's occurred and if you read the Pennsylvania report your blood just boils," Senator Karl Rhoads said. 

No grand jury reports needed. According to State officials, victims of sex assault in Hawaii can report their stories anytime no matter how long ago a crime took place.

"Just like for murder, we got rid of the statute of limitations for three major sex assaults, including sex assault of a minor under the age of 14," Rhoads said. 

"Don't just sit on it, don't just say oh the time has passed, I'm not going to bring it up. The best thing you can do is to come forward and make a report about something like this because in doing so you might be helping the next person or the next generation of people in stopping them from being abused," Chin said. 

Along with getting rid of the statute of limitations for criminal cases of sex assault, the Hawaii legislature recently extended the statute of limitations for civil cases.

Sex assault victims who have yet to file in civil court have until April 2020 to do so.

"It's not fair to the victims that people can just get away with this and if they can get away with it for a certain amount of time they're off the hook forever, these guys should be looking over their shoulders for the rest of their lives because they ruined the lives of other people," Rhoads said. 

The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report of catholic church sex assaults is being called largest most detailed in U.S. history.

If Hawaii wanted to investigate here, Island News was told it could happen but the report would have to come by way of a task force created by state lawmakers.