A bill introduced Thursday morning at the State Capitol would eliminate the statute of limitations on sexually violent crimes.

Representative Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis said with the momentum of the #MeToo movement and more victims feeling more empowered to share their stories, “Having these kinds of limitations takes away the choice for them to come forward when they feel it is right for them .”

Lawmakers were joined by advocates and survivors in introducing the bill. Survivor Asmah Mohammed said the law as it is now protects perpetrators of sexual violence, and, “Today I call on the esteemed members of the house and senate to stand with survivors and to stop protecting perpetrators who hurt young boys, girls, women, men in our state, this is not a partisan issue, we all know someone who has suffered.”

If the bill is passed and signed into law, it would apply to acts of sexual violence and sex trafficking committed on or after August 1st this year.