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New law raises statute of limitations for sexual assualt charges

Posted at 12:41 PM, Jun 28, 2019

Governor Greg Abbott recently signed a law that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue their alleged abuser in civil court. That new law doubled the statute of limitation on these types of cases.

For children who are sexually abused under the age of 18, there is no criminal statute of limitations when it comes to prosecuting those cases.

But now, victims of childhood sexual assault have 30 years to file civil suits against their alleged abuser for emotional trauma, medical and psychological compensation.

Before this law, victims were only given 15 years to take that action.

Victims advocates and directors with The Purple Door advocacy group say this is a victory.

Watch what they have to say tonight on KRIS 6 News.