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10-30-19

Sexual Battery Cases may have time limits removed for minors


By Tami Stevenson


A new bill was introduced in late August of this year that is making it through Senate and Criminal Justice committees with support from both Republicans and Democrats. CS/SB 170 would remove the time limitation on the prosecution of sexual battery cases as long as the victim was under the age of 18 at the time the crime was committed.


It has been proven that many victims who are children, at the time of the offense, never tell anyone about their encounter until many years later. Some never talk about it at all, which spurred lawmakers to come up with legislation that would remove that time limitation for minors.


The only catch is, it doesn’t help current victims prior to this going into effect. If passed, the bill would take effect July 1, 2020 and only be applicable to crimes that happen after this date.