EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Wisconsin legislators have proposed a new bill that would help survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
The Child Victims Act extends the amount of time that victims of child sexual abuse can file private lawsuits against their abusers. The new length of time for survivors would be up to 45 years old, the same amount of time that they’re able to file criminal charges.
Sexual assault advocate at Family Resource Center in Eau Claire, Amanda S., said sexual assault is considered one of the most underreported crimes.
State Senator Jesse James of Altoona, co-author of the Child Victims Act, said the bill is working to change that and give survivors of child sexual abuse a change to pursue legal action against their abusers well into adulthood.