Lieutenant governor signs Protecting Michigan’s Children legislation strengthening sexual assault laws

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LANSING, Mich. – Legislation cosponsored by Sen. Marty Knollenberg was signed into law on Tuesday by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to extend the criminal and civil statutes of limitation to allow more sexual abuse perpetrators to be prosecuted.

Senate Bill 871, now Public Act 182 of 2018, extends the criminal statute of limitations for minors who are victims of second- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct to 15 years or until they reach the age of 28, whichever is later, for each offense.

Senate Bill 872 allows adult victims up to 10 years to file suit for sexual assault. Child victims can file civil suits until they are 28 years old or up to three years after the victim discovers both the injury and the causal relationship between the injury and the criminal sexual conduct, whichever is later. It is now Public Act 183 of 2018.

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Photo caption: Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, (third from left), colleagues, and sexual assault survivors attended a bill signing ceremony with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday. Calley signed Senate Bills 871 and 872 to extend the criminal and civil statutes of limitation to allow more sexual abuse perpetrators to be prosecuted.