Lawmakers debate child sex abuse bill
Atlanta , Georgia – One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused by the age of 18. Their abusers rarely get caught. Victims of child sex abuse want their day in court.
On Wednesday, lawmakers debated a proposal that would strengthen protections for the victims. The Hidden Predator Act would extend the statute of limitations. That means victims would be able to file charges at a much older age.
Survivors say that could bring victims and their abusers out of the shadows.
“It allows victims to go into the courthouse and file suit, which makes things public,” said Justin Conway, an abuse survivor.
“You’re not by yourself. There are so many more who have gone through the same thing,” said Marilyn Motz, another survivor.
The bill also would grant victims access to sealed records so they can press charges.