Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill that would give childhood sex abuse victims more time to sue their assailants.
The measure by Omaha Sen. Pete Pirsch won final approval Thursday in the Legislature.
The bill (LB612) would give childhood sex abuse victims 12 years
after their 21st birthday to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator. Current law sets a 4-year time window to file, starting when a victim turns 21.
Pirsch has said many childhood sex victims take years to come to
terms with the abuse they suffered, and lose the right to sue because the time limit expires.
The bill allows victims to file a lawsuit even if their assailant never faced criminal charges.