As the horrific Larry Nassar case has shown, sexual assault takes a terrible toll on survivors. I recently supported Senate legislation to help prevent sexual assaults and allow more survivors to report their experiences and seek justice.
The legislation creates new legal protections that would:
- Expand the criminal statute of limitations for criminal sexual conduct offenses;
- Extend the civil statute of limitations for survivors of criminal sexual conduct;
- Remove governmental immunity to hold abusers and enablers of abuse accountable;
- Preserve anonymity for survivors in civil lawsuits;
- Include sports coaches, athletic trainers and college professors as mandatory reporters of child abuse, including sexual abuse; and
- Increase penalties for possession of child pornography.
I greatly admire the courage of the young women who came forward to share their experiences to help ensure something like this never happens again.
Senate Bills 871-880 are currently under consideration in the House Law and Justice Committee.