April 9, 2013 11:25 a.m.
OLYMPIA — Victims of child sexual abuse could report their assaults up to the age of 30 under a bill approved today by the Senate.
The bill extends the statute of limitations for charging suspects in child sexual abuse cases, which currently require a victim report the abuse in one to three years, depending on the age of the victim and some other circumstances.
Post traumatic stress disorder can keep a victim from reporting the abuse until after they become adults, Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said.
“I think we want to catch as many sexual offenders as possible. We want to convict as many sexual offenders as possible,’ Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam.
The bill passed the both the Senate and House unanimously.