DENVER – A new bill advances at the Colorado Statehouse aimed at helping survivors of sexual assault.
House bill 1296 recently passed through the House Judiciary committee and heads to the House floor this week.
If passed and signed into law, this bill would get rid of the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits regarding sexual assault cases.
The current statute of limitations for civil cases regarding sexual assault in Colorado is 6 years. For criminal cases it’s twenty years.
In a previous story covering this bill, the Mesa County District Attorney says this potential new law would give survivors an easier ability to seek justice.
He says this is because sometimes it’s difficult to amount enough evidence to bring about criminal charges in sexual assault cases.
One state representative from the Western Slope sponsoring this bipartisan bill says helping survivors file civil lawsuits in sexual assault cases will set a new tone on how sexual assault is addressed in Colorado.
“This is a major change in legislation in Colorado,” said Rep. Matt Soper of House District 54. “It gives victims the opportunity to have their day in court. And to be able to make their case.”