On June 12, 2018, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed into law two bills that will help protect survivors of sexual assault and prevent more of these heinous crimes from occurring. In order to prevent sexual assault, we must help create an atmosphere where sexual assault survivors are empowered to speak up, report their experiences and begin the journey toward healing.
Senate Bills 871 and 872, sponsored by Senators Margaret O’Brien (R – Portage) and David Knezek (D – Dearborn Heights), are the first of a nine-bill package of legislation that will protect sexual assault survivors. This legislation extends the statute of limitations for sexual assault-related criminal charges to 15 years, and establishes a 10-year statute of limitations for civil litigation. Minors who are victims of sexual assault will be able to initiate a civil lawsuit before the age of 28.
I proudly supported all nine bills in this package when they came before me in the Senate Judiciary Committee and on the Senate floor. Passing SBs 871 and 872 is the first step towards changing the way we handle sexual assault cases. I look forward to further strengthening our protections for sexual assault survivors.