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Advance laws supporting sexual abuse victims

As the recent avalanche of reported sexual assault and harassment cases have shown, it often takes years for victims to work through the trauma and speak out against their attackers. This year, the state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would give future victims of child sex abuse more time to bring their cases to a criminal or civil court. The measure would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations — the time litigants have to file cases after an alleged offense — allowing future victims to sue their attackers at any age.

Currently, child victims must file civil lawsuits before they reach age 30 — defined in the law as 12 years after they turn age 18.

The recent reports of sexual abuse and harassment reports from those who were abused as teenagers or adults clearly show that pain runs deep and time is essential for healing. State House members should consider the importance of these factors and advance the Senate bill extending statutes of limitations on child sex abuse to the governor’s desk.

— The Daily Item, Sunbury

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