Texas House Bill 3809, from Representative Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) would double the the statute of limitations for childhood sexual assault survivors from 15 years after their 18th birthday to 30 years after their 18th birthday. The bill was unanimously approved by the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee. It is a major victory for childhood sexual assault survivors across Texas.
However, the charge to move the bill forward during the Texas legislature was not spearheaded by Goldman, but by Goldman and Becky Leach, wife of Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano). Leach publically testified to the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee in support of the bill, where she shared her story of being sexually assaulted as a child. Leach courageously shared her story of being sexually molested by a family member for 6 years, starting at age 12. The events were so traumatizing for her that she was unable to disclose the abuse until she was 35 and sought counseling.