The governor recently signed State Senator Frank Mrvan’s bill to extend the statute of limitations in cases of child sex abuse. The proposal, Senate Bill (SB) 142, increases the legal time frame during which a victim of child sex abuse may bring charges against the offender. Currently, an individual who files a civil suit for child sex abuse is subject to the same time constraints as someone filing for other damages, such as an auto accident. SB 142 would extend this time frame to either seven years after the offense or four years after the victim leaves the care of the alleged offender. Many children do not report cases of abuse, and as many as 90 percent of offenses are committed by someone the child knows. SB 142 seeks to give victims adequate time to come forward and serve justice to abusers.