Bill Would Extend State Statute of Limitations on Sex Assault Crimes

January 12, 2006

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A bill to extend the statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes so that people abused as children can be prosecuted as adults will be introduced by two state lawmakers when the legislature goes back into regular session.

The sponsors are Sen. Jamie Woodson, a Knoxville Republican, and Rep. Kim McMillan, a Clarksville Democrat.

On Thursday morning, members of a group called "SNAP" (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) stood outside the Chancery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville on Northshore Drive.

They were there to demonstrate their support of the bill.

SNAP's state director Susan Vance says, "What we want is the same thing that every other organization who works with sexual assault victims want and that is the ability for these victims to get justice."

SNAP would like to see the statute of limitations abolished when it comes to victims of sexual assault, but says it will be grateful for any more time given so that charges can be filed.


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