By Associated Press • 

Oregon Senate votes to double time for sex crimes charges


SALEM — The Oregon Senate has approved a bill doubling the amount of time rape or sexual assault victims would have to press charges against their abusers.

The measure passed Thursday would set the statute of limitations at 12 years, up from six.

But sexual assault victims pushed hard to expand the limit to 20 years, or to do away with it completely. Several have testified their cases were never tried because the time limits on prosecutions ran out by the time they were ready to come forward.

Eugene Democratic Sen. Floyd Prozanski said he would convene a work group to study whether the statute of limitations should be expanded even further.

The bill passed 28-0. It now heads to the governor.

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