Man's Abuse Story Moves Legislators to Act

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man's heart-wrenching story about his alleged sexual abuse swayed a committee of legislators to pass a bill that seemed destined to be watered down.

Wayne Dorough's impromptu speech earlier this week persuaded state lawmakers to extend the time alleged sex abuse victims have to file lawsuits against their attackers to 20 years.

That's up from the current two years.

Dorough told the subcommittee about how he had been abused for six years, beginning at age 8.

After his story and some brief questions from a legislator, the subcommittee voted to recommend the substantial increase in the statute of limitations.

The full committee will consider the bill Monday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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