AUGUSTA – A state lawmaker is looking to extend the statute of limitations on criminal cases of sexual assault.
The bill would increase the statute of limitations from eight to twenty years for certain crimes involving unlawful sexual contact.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Erin Herbig (D – Belfast) said Maine has one of the shortest allotments of time for victims to report.
She hopes this helps people get justice who need more time to feel comfortable coming forward.
“People feel intimidated by the justice system. They feel intimidated by – maybe this is a dynamic that’s happened at work, or in their family. There are a lot of reasons that victims don’t feel comfortable coming forward right away,” said Sen. Herbig.
If this legislation moves forward, it would not apply to cases that happened before the bill were to go into effect.