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Kansas debates giving victims more time to report sexual abuse

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The Kansas Legislature is debating giving those who were abused as children more time to report sexual predators to authorities.

Those who are abused when they are minors have just five years after they turn 18 years old to report crimes. But too often children are too traumatized and don't deal with the ramifications of the abuse and feel comfortable enough to report it until well into their adult years.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe is among law enforcement officials in Kansas supporting the proposed change.

"Minors are some of the most vulnerable people in our society," Howe said. "We want to go to great lengths and make sure they get justice from some of the horrific crimes that do occur against them."

If passed, any law would not be retroactive. The new statute of limitations would take affect this year.

"Right now we are handicapped by a number of statute of limitation restrictions that have been in place for a number of years," Howe said. "The extension of the statute of limitations would allow us in some rare cases ... to make sure justice is done."

Different bills have been filed. Lawmakers are working to determine how far in advance the statute of limitations should be extended beyond the five years.

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