A unanimous vote in the Illinois House passed a bill lifting the statute of limitations on cases of sexual crimes against minors. State Rep. Charles Jefferson (D—Rockford), who sponsored the bill, says it is hard for victims to come forward. “What do you do when you are 17 years of age? You don’t have anyone to go to for direction, to seek out what your options are,” Jefferson said.
Under current law, someone who is sexually abused as a child has until age 19 to complain to authorities.
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This is the second time a bill like H.B. 1063 has passed the House. Last session the bill could not pass the Senate. This measure now goes to the Senate.