Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Contact: Margaret Justus, 713-236-0306

Senator files Bill to end Statue of Limitations on Child Sexual Abuse

AUSTIN -- Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis (D--Houston) has filed Senate Bill 97 which will end the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases. Currently in Texas, the statute of limitations for child molestation is 10 years from the victim’s 18th birthday.

“Sadly time does not heal all in the case of sexual abuse," Senator Ellis said. “This insidious crime often leaves an open wound that never quite heals. It is particularly despicable when committed against a child by someone he or she depends on for their safety and well-being.”

According to criminal justice experts at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA), in cases of sexual abuse, perpetrators typically convince their victims that they bear the responsibility of the crime. This manipulation results in the victim needing decades to summon the courage to come forward. When they finally do, Ellis believes, the courts should be there for them.

“We cannot continue to allow sexual predators simply ‘lay low’ to escape justice any longer. Only by eliminating the statute of limitations will we capture a larger segment of sexual predators, and provide justice for those who seek it,” said Annette Burrhus-Clay, TAASA Executive Director.