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Bill to change statue of limitations on sex abuse passed

Posted at 6:51 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 18:51:18-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md — The House passed a bill to get rid of the statue of limitations in child abuse cases. Survivors of sexual abuse were in Annapolis Thursday to support the measure.

Sex abuse was brought to the forefront locally by the Netflix documentary "The Keepers" in 2018. Teresa Lancaster, who was featured in the documentary, says anyone can be a victim.

"These abuses happen through the family members, cousins, uncles, the coach, people in power," said Lancaster. "Across the board we need statute of limitations removed so these victims who have dealt with years and years of not knowing who they were. For many years I thought I was insane."

The bill was schedule to be heard in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee late Thursday afternoon. The new chairman of the of the committee is Senator Bobby Zirkin.